The surfboard and paintbrush have long been constants in the life of Wade Koniakowsky who was painting by the age of six and surfing before he reached 12.
After years of incorporating both passions, he has grown to be one of the nation’s leading ocean-inspired artists with work currently showcased in 17 galleries from the East Coast to Hawaii.
“I’ve always wanted to be an artist- it was all I did as a kid and I was very ‘right-brained,’” he says.
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Wade’s art is “Ocean Inspired” and created through the use of oil and acrylics. He prefers to work in 2D rather than 3D because of its broader applications.
Not only does the sea give him the ideas for his art, it provides some of his best customers as well! Wade’s hand-painted surf boards are some of the most sought after in the art world.
“I’m inspired by the ocean, I’m part of a very water oriented sub culture (surfing),” he says. “I’m also inspired by a God given desire to create.”
Each fiberglass board is finished with a rich, deep-gloss coating with the exception of his wooden Alaia boards, which have the same components minus the gloss for a more organic feel.
His work is so beloved by the surfing community that it’s been praised by Jim Moriarty—president of the ocean preservation group the Surfrider Foundation.
“Wade’s focus is capturing Polynesian dreamscapes and the related emotional tie we have with faraway lands,” Moriarty says. “His vibe intersects with those same emotions–unspoiled, nirvana-esque landscapes, islander portraits, and ephemeral visions that make you want to sell it all and travel.”
Most popular among Wade’s styles is the “Polynesia Collage” which incorporates mixed media of gold leaf, block print, and painting in a way that is figurative, scenic, and abstract at the same time.
Where you’re a slave to the next big wave or just love staring at the ocean, Wade hopes to impart to everyone that the world is a beautiful place.
“The ocean is my muse,” says Wade on his Facebook page. “The warmth, color and atmosphere of the tropics are the soul of my paintings.”
If you want to see more of Wade's work, you can check out his website at wadekoniakowsky.com.