Vicki Khuzami, born in Brooklyn, is a painter, illustrator, muralist, and set designer. She earned a BFA (magna cum laude) from SUNY New Paltz and has also studied at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts. After school Khuzami was able to spend an extensive period traveling overseas, including India, Nepal and Japan. There she trekked the Himalayan Mountains, produced a series of paintings featured in a solo show at Gallery Beni in Kyoto, studied Sumie painting in Japan and acquired a lifelong affinity for Japanese kitsch.
Khuzami feels that above all, “art should communicate and inspire” and holds the philosophy that art is a “vehicle to experience life.” She says, “Perhaps what is the most rewarding part of my work is that it is never boring; every project challenges my skills and is out there for the public to enjoy.” A lifelong collector and pop culture kitsch, Khuzami has found both artistic satisfaction and positive response to her new body of fine art work centered around anime dolls, action figures, vintage dollhouses and her collection of vintage bodybuilding magazines.
Khuzami’s work as a muralist is extensive and spans worldwide. She created murals for the Capitol Building, the New York Botanical Garden, Bloomingdale’s, Disneyland Tokyo, and the National Park Service, among many others. She has also illustrated book covers for Dell Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic Magazine, and New York Press. She began her career restoring 19th century paintings and later worked at Evergreene Painting Studios. Khuzami opened her own studio in 1995. She has also taught mural painting at the New School in New York City.