Kohshin Finley (b. 1989, Los Angeles, California, lives and works in Los Angeles) received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. Finley’s stylistic choices mirror his conceptual ambitions. His use of grisaille recalls the use of grayscale paintings in art history to imitate marble sculpture. Like the symbols of prestige and care these sculptures stand for, Finley’s paintings emphasize the importance of attending to and upholding his community. You can see how he translated his style into a coloring book page in Between the Lines: An RxART Coloring Book by Contemporary Artists – Volume 9.
Finley has exhibited in notable group exhibitions, including Black American Portraits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, and Shattered Glass at Jeffrey Dietch, Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida. Additional group shows include Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, Hawaii; California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Brand Library and Art Center, Los Angeles; and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, Arizona. He has been profiled in publications including Cultured Magazine and The Cut. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas.