Hi. I’m a visual artist, writer, and the creator of Memos Mine.
Employing several interwoven bodies of work, Razko, a combat veteran, twists genres of two-dimensional art-making in a visual, non-horrific exploration of the human experience of war, trauma, and memory. Informed by pop culture, history, and personal experience, Razko's paintings promote peace while challenging expectations, socio-political narratives, biases, belief systems, and tropes.
Raised on a small island in New Jersey, James Razko joined the military at the age of seventeen to escape suburbia and finance higher education. Razko conducted numerous special operations missions while deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2008. Razko earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the New York Academy of Art in 2015. During his time at the Academy, he received the Academy Scholarship, the New Jersey Heart of a Hero Scholarship, was awarded a summer residency in Moscow, Russia, and was one of six nominated for the Chubb Fellowship. His work is published in the acclaimed book, The Figure. In 2018, Razko received a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.