Influential Graphic Artist Frank Kozik’s Unexpected Death
Although Frank Kozik’s cause of death was not shared by his family, his wife reported that the iconic graphic artist passed away unexpectedly on May 6, 2023.
The sad news was confirmed by his wife Sharon, who did not share a cause of death but said his passing was “unexpected.”
In a statement, she wrote: “We are devastated to inform you that Frank Kozik passed away unexpectedly this past Saturday. Frank was a man larger than himself, an icon in each of the genres he worked in.
He dramatically changed every industry he was a part of. He was a creative force of nature. We are so beyond lucky and honored to have been part of his journey and he will be missed beyond what words could ever express.”
Sharon continued: “He loved his wife, his cats, classic muscle cars, mentoring others and Disneyland. His forceful presence will be missed by all who knew him. His legacy, like all great masters, will love on through his art and our memories of him.”
“More info on a memorial service will come soon. For now, we ask you please respect our privacy during this trying time,” she added.
Born on Jan. 9, 1962, in Madrid, Spain, Frank spent his formative years growing up under Spain’s fascist dictator Franco. As a teenager, Kozik moved to the United States, living first in Sacramento with his father before joining the Air Force in Austin.
After leaving the Air Force, he worked as a doorman at an Austin nightclub. He first gained fame as a self-trained underground artist in the early 1980s, creating flyers and posters for Austin punk bands.
He moved to San Francisco in 1993, where he opened a print shop and founded Man’s Ruin Records. Frank folded the label in 2001 to focus on fine art.
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Frank Kozik’s Cause of Death is Untold
Legendary concert poster artist Frank Kozik’s cause of death is still a secret. His death at the age of 61 was announced by her wife, Sharon.
As his profile grew, Frank Kozik worked with Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, The Offspring, Butthole Surfers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Melvins, and Helmet.
He designed many album covers, including Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut and The Offspring’s Americana.
Kozik directed the music video for Soundgarden’s song “Pretty Noose”. He published several books including Desperate Measures Empty Pleasures and Man’s Ruin: Posters and Art by Frank Kozik.
A number of musicians and artists paid tribute to Frank on social media including drummer Martin Atkins, who has worked with Nine Inch Nails and Killing Joke.
The drummer tweeted: “So sorry to hear of the passing of Frank Kozik. One of his first posters was #pigface in 1991 which he graciously allowed us to reproduce a couple of years ago. rip brother.”
Label Rocket Recordings also paid touching tribute, writing: “Saddened to hear the news about the very untimely death of Frank Kozik.”
“He was a huge influence on the early days of Rocket, so much so he designed our first logo. A huge and sad loss for DIY art and culture. Rest In Power Frank.”
Kozik is survived by his wife Sharon.
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