I am interested in exploring the enigmatic human experience of war, trauma, and memory through painting. In an ongoing effort, I am building several series of paintings, each with their own poetic visual language that twists, combines and reimagines traditional genres of two-dimensional art making. These paintings are informed by pop-culture, current affairs, and personal experience. Inside each series, ambiguity serves as an anti-narrative device to induce internal and external discourse and reveal projected assessments of self. With this work, I engage the current sociopolitical environment while challenging belief systems, biases, and cultural ideals.
Born (1987) in Washington Township, NJ. James Razko spent his childhood in a small island community bordering Atlantic City, NJ. To escape suburbia, a crumbling working class and to finance higher education, James joined the military at the age of 17. By chance event, A 21-year-old Raczkowski worked for a secret arm of United States government in Mosul, Iraq for most of a year. That experience proved to be revelatory and enlightening, becoming the catalyst for his voyage and transformation into an artist. He Earned his MFA from The New York Academy of art In 2015 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn New York.