'Polu Lei' by Aaron Kai, 2022
Limited Edition collab. with Be@rbrick x Medicom Toy.
DesignerCon 2022 Exclusive.
11 Inches tall (400%)
11.4 x 6.2 x 4.3 Inches (box)
Collectible Hydro-dipped designer vinyl art figure.
Limited Edition (Sold Out).
Plate-signed by the artist on rear leg.
New in original custom box.
Waves can be calm and peaceful, yet violent and destructive. It is within this realm of contrast that the art of Aaron Kai delves into.
Growing up in the rainy town of Hilo, Hawaii, Aaron was surrounded by the ocean. He took up surfing and was able to see first hand the contrasting themes of these waves. "Hawaii definitely brought a lot of Asian culture and anime into my art as well as the beach, surfing, and nature," he says. "At the same time the ruggedness of the Big Island gave me a lot of influence in my color, it's like getting punched in the face."
As a kid, Aaron would constantly be drawing, usually with an episode of Dragonball Z playing in the background. One of his greatest influences is Akira Toriyama, the creator of the Dragonball series. In Aaron's artwork, you can see the influences of Toriyama, Parra, Mike Giant, and KAWS. And like any creative, Aaron finds his inspiration in a multitude of places. "Women, Hawaii, the city life, my thoughts," he says. "A lot of times I'll look at something in abstract form rather than what is actually there."
In 2007, Aaron moved to San Francisco to attend the San Francisco School of Digital Film. He initially had plans of becoming an editor, but his first love, drawing, came calling back to him. Since being in San Francisco, Aaron has had four art shows as well as being selected as one of the 32 featured artist in the Hurley Anti-Canvas showcase.
To say that Aaron loves art is an understatement. He understands the significance of what he creates. "The fact that I can create something nobody else could have made is amazing," he says. "Had I not been born, what I'm creating wouldn't exist. To me that makes art greater than life, and it spans generations. The influence has potential to trickle down for centuries as long as the history is preserved."