"Although I'm a lifelong motorhead, my interest in automotive fine art is in the context in which the automobile exists rather than the depiction of the automobile itself. The interplay of the vehicle and its environment and its human operators is to me the most worthwhile pursuit of fine art..."

JAY KOKA

Biography

"... Koka shows us not just cars...It’s life with cars, which is in a different dimension than the usual abstract depictions of the automobile."
...read the Porsche Panorama Speed Lines story here
(Courtesy of Porsche Panorama, the official publication of the Porsche Club of America)

"... Jay Koka offers a unique fusion of realist and impressionist styles..."
...read the autoArtReview.com story here

"... Jay Koka ART MEETS PASSION..."
...read the Autostrada Magazine story here

"... I confess… I am a travel addict...."
...read the Art of Travel article here

Current Koka bio here in pdf »

Well known and internationally respected, Koka offers a unique fusion of realist and impressionist styles... hallmarks of the artist who is never satisfied with the status quo. Much in demand for his poster work, Koka has been poster and featured artist for many international events... some highlights include the Meadow Brook Concours, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance poster artist for 2006 and 2012, for the Ferrari Club of America 10 times to date as well as their 50th Anniversary in 2013, the Barrett-Jackson Auctions, Bloomington Gold Meets, the Louisville Concours, the iconic Daytona 500 and the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona as well as the inaugural St John's Concours for 2011 followed by 2015 and 2019, the inaugural Cobble Beach Concours of 2013 and each year since, and Stan Hywet Concours of 2014.

His work has been extensively reproduced and he has also received numerous awards including The Peter Helck Award, 6 Athena's and the Lincoln Award at Pebble Beach, six Awards of Excellence and The Stanley Wanlass Awards twice at Meadow Brook, Best of Show at Stan Hywet and numerous others for his work at major exhibitions.

Koka is a member of the European based ArtistAuto group as well as the Automotive Fine Arts Society. He is the publisher of autoArtReview.com, an online art magazine. Koka's studio is located near Toronto.

ARCHIVE WEBSITE (www.k20.ca)

The Studio maintains an extensive ARCHIVE WEBSITE that features original paintings and published works stretching back to the launch of the Studio in 1986. An invaluable resource for dating works and editions.

Go to Studio Archive Site »



KOKA FERENC (1934-1997)



...a biography by Jay Koka

Koka Ferenc (Frank Koka) is my late uncle.

There are talented people and some people have talent to spare. Some however have so much that they're conflicted on what to do with it. So it was with my uncle. A brilliant painter, Feri was also a superb pianist creating a dilemma in his early years on which career path he would follow. World events would deny me the privilege of his mentorship and the comfort of his friendship. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 forced my father to leave Hungary. While I'm grateful for the tremendous advantages that growing up in Canada afforded me, it sadly separated me from a companionship and tutelage... the value of which I realized only in later years. ... the full biography is here