Kovi (b. 1992) is based between Long Beach, CA and Mexico City



Mula Press



MA in Photography, University of the Arts London, 2016

BA in Media Communications, Minor in English, Wake Forest University, 2014


Selected Awards & Honors

2018 Red Hook Labs New Artists II, Selected Artist  

2018 Portrait of Britain: British Journal of Photography 

2018 Wake Forest University 5 & Under Artist

2018 Life Framer Open Call Finalist

2017 Fotofilmic Summer Shortlist   

2017 The Independent Photographer Open Call Finalist

2017 Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist 

2017 PDN Storytellers Winner

2017 Head On Photo Awards Finalist

2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Third Place

2016 Portrait of Britain: British Journal of Photography

2016 Association of Photographers (AOP) Open Award, Series 

2016 Life Framer Winner Humans of the World


Solo Exhibitions

The Hawks Come Up Before the Sun // Driftwood, Salut Au Monde! , Porto, Portugal, May-June 2019

Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack, Alchemy Works, Los Angeles, March- April 2018

Wake Forest University 5 & Under, Start Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC, February 2018


Group Exhibitions

2019 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, November 2019-February 2020

2019 Collettiva Lessico Familiare: Ragusa Foto Festival, Sicily, Italy, July- August 2019

2019 Palm* Photo Prize, theprintspace gallery, London, UK, May 2019

2018 REMEMBERANCE, ROSEGALLERY, Santa Monica, December 2018- February 2019

2018 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, October 2018-January 2019

2018 Portrait of Britain, British Journal of Photography

2018 Labs New Artists II, Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn, NY, USA (June 2018); Frogner Station, Oslow, Norway (October 2018); Photo Vogue Festival, Milan, Italy (November 2018)

2018 Palm* Photo Prize, House of Vans, London, UK, May- June 2018

2018 Lucie Foundation Month of Photography (MOPLA) Group Show, Los Angeles, April 2018

2018 FOTOFILMIC17 Traveling Exhibition— Vancouver BC, Canada: March- May 2018, Burrard Arts Foundation; Paris, France: September 2018, Binome Galerie; Thessaloniki, Greece: October- November 2018, Stereosis School of Photography; New York, NY, USA: Spring 2019, FotoFilmic EXPO Gallery

2018 Photolucida Love It & Leave With It Show, Portland, Oregon

2018 Hanina Gallery Group Show, Tel Aviv, Israel 

2017 FOTOFILMIC17 Summer Shortlist Show, PULP Gallery, Bowen Island, Vancouver, Canada

2017 Indian Photography Festival, State Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India

2017 Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York Art Gallery, UK

2017 Head On Photo Awards Festival, Museum of Sydney, Australia

2017 Negative Feedback Exhibition, theprintspace, London, UK, September 2017

2017 Magnum Swap Shop, theprintspace, London, UK

2017 I.P.F. Photo Prize, House of Vans, London, UK

2017 Life Framer Photography Prize Exhibition, ClampArt Gallery, New York; RPS Gallery, Tokyo; Officine Fotografiche, Rome

2017 London College of Fashion MA Exhibition Found In Translation, House of Vans, London, UK

2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2016 Portrait of Britain, British Journal of Photography

2016 Blurred Borders, 71a Gallery, London, UK            

2016 Blurring the Lines, Paris College of Art, Paris, France 

2016 Mirrors and Windows, Paris College of Art, Paris, France

2014 Student Art Exhibition + Honors Exhibitions,Hanes Gallery, Winston- Salem, NC              

2013 Image as Word/ Word as Image, Start Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC        


Permanent Collections

University of the Arts London  

Wake Forest University


Lectures & Artist Talks

2018 ROSEGALLERY, REMEMBERANCE Artist Talk, Santa Monica, CA

2018 Wake Forest University, 5 & Under Artist Talk, Scales Fine Art Center, Winston-Salem, NC

2017 National Portrait Gallery, In Conversation: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 


Selected Bibliography (print)

2019 Amadeus Issue 18

2019 Cherry Ave, Paper Journal Annual

2018 Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack, Handmade Postcard Box Set, Mula Press

2018 Portrait of Britain Book (BJP), Hoxton Mini Press

2018 British Journal of Photography July 2018 Issue: Shifting Territory

2018 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition Catalogue

2019 2018 Paperback L.A. Book 3, A Casual Anthology: Secrets. SigALerts. Ravines. Records.

2018 Fisheye Photobook Vol. 2

2017 Wake Forest Magazine Fall 2017 Issue

2017 Aesthetica Magazine Issue 79 

2017 PDN Magazine: The Photography & Ethics Issue

2017 Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize

2016 British Journal of Photography: Portrait of Britain Issue

2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition Catalogue

2016 SoccerBible Magazine Issue 6: Stage & Spotlight


Press // Interviews // Features

Plain Magazine, “The Poetic Meanderings of Kovi Konowiecki’s Series, Borderlands”, online, November 2019

BOOOOOOOM, “ “Borderlands” by Photographer Kovi Konowiecki”, online, October 2019

Photo-Emphasis, “Project Spotlight: Borderlands”, online interview, September 2019

PHmuseum, “The Uncertain Spaces of the Borderlands”, online interview, Lucia De Stefani, July 2019

Paper Journal, “Interview – Kovi Konowiecki’, online interview, Francesca Marcaccio Hitzeman, May 2019

It’s Nice That, “Kovi Konowiecki’s series for Paper Journal Annual 2019 is a lyrical documentation of his hometown”, online interview, Daniel Milroy Maher, April 2019

British Journal of Photography,Portrait of Britain: Kovi Konowiecki on photographing liminal spaces”, online interview, Sarah Roberts, March 2019

Stranger Collective, “How I See It – Kovi Konowiecki”, online interview, Jon Denham, March 2019

British Journal of Photography, “ “Incredible and inspiring”: stories of success from Portrait of Britain”, online, February 2019

Aint - Bad, “Kovi Konowiecki: Borderlands”, online, February 2019

C41, “Kovi Konowiecki and the desert valley that lives on freedom”, online, January 2019

The Guardian, “Winner of the 2018 Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize announced – in pictures”, online, October 2018

Palm*, online interview, Kris Kozlowski-Moore, October 2018

Fotoroom, “Kovi Konowiecki Photographs the People and Landscapes of the California Desert”, online, October 2018

Paper Journal, “Paper Journal photobook – announcing our selected photographers”, online, September 2018

British Journal of Photography, “Meet our Portrait of Britain 2018 winners”, online, August 2018

The Ones We Love, “Portraits online exhibition”, Curated by Lindley Warren, July 2018

Portrait of Britain, online, July 2018

Vogue Italia, “Borderlands”, online, July 2018

British Journal of Photography, “Beyond the Borderlands with Kovi Konowiecki”, Sophie Wright, June 2018

Anywhere Blvd, online interview, Rhombie Sandoval, June 2018

C41, “Konowiecki pays tribute to that banality of Long Beach that makes it special”, online, January 2018

Fotoroom, “Kovi Konowiecki Explores the Border as Both a Physical and an Emotional Barrier”, online, December 2017

Edge of Humanity, “Intimate Portraits Bringing Together Members Of A Orthodox Jewish Family”, online, September 2017

Fotofilmic, online interview, July 2017

Photomonitor, “Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack”, Christiane Monarchi, online interview, June 2017

Aesthetica, “Temporal Visualisation”, online, June 2017

Phases, “Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack, Kovi Konowiecki”, online, June 2017

Fisheye, “Kovi Konowiecki : Delivering flowers to Grandpa Jack” , online, May 2017

The Heavy Collective, “Q&A: Kovi Konowiecki”, Jack Harries, online interview, March 2017

Aint - Bad, “Kovi Konowiecki : Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack", online, February 2017

i-D Magazine, “Intimate Portraits of an Orthodox Jewish Family”, Emily Manning, online interview, November 2016

It's Nice That, “Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 winners announced by the National Portrait Gallery”, online, November 2016

huck, “Celebrating the strength and diversity of faces from around the globe”, online, November 2016

BBC, “Taylor Wessing prize for Johannesburg schoolboy photo”, online, November 2016

The Washington Post, “These striking photographs show many interpretations of what makes a portrait”, online, November 2016

The Guardian // The Guardian, “Shortlist announced for Taylor Wessing portrait prize // Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize 2016 – in pictures”, online, November 2016

UAL, “30 minutes with Taylor Wessing Prize winner Kovi Konowiecki”, online interview, November 2016

The printspace, “Another theprintspace client shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Prize”, online interview, October 2016

Aesthetica Magazine, “Highlighting Tradition in Modern Society”, online interview, October 2016

Life Framer, “The Liminal Space between History and Modernity”, Ralph Wilson, online interview, October 2016

British Journal of Photography, “Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Announce Shortlist”, online, September 2016

TIME, “Shortlist for National Portrait Gallery's Portrait Prize Announced”, online, September 2016

UK Evening Standard, “Former footballer shortlisted for Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize”, online, September 2016

Portrait of Britain, online, August 2016

Pigeons & Peacocks, “Blurred Borders: An exhibition that explores new ways of displaying photography”, online, May 2016

UAL, “MA Fashion Photography students create Blurred Borders exhibition”, online, May 2016