Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Laks moved frequently with his family throughout childhood.
As an artist, he spent time living, studying, working, and painting in San Francisco California, Oxford England, Israel, Barcelona Spain, Cerillos New Mexico (a ghost town outside of Santa Fe), and Portland Oregon,
These cities served developing artist, not only in his study of light and color,
but for the lasting impressions they made of social and emotional extremes.
Laks studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, working closely with Bruce
McGaw and Jeremy Morgan. In 2005, armed with his new BFA, Laks founded
AudioCinema, a 25,000 sq. foot production facility in Portland, Oregon. There he
built studio spaces for himself and over 300 local artists of different disciplines. The
space houses a complete music production studio, exhibit space, and stage.
While working in Oregon, Laks used AudioCinema to broadcast messages of
positivity by painting single word suggestions atop the building on a large
billboard. This piece, The “Word” Sign, faced the heavily trafficked Hawthorne
Bridge and was for four years a part of the Portland skyline.
Working as a non-representational painter in mixed media, Laks creates modular works, blasting with industrial grade tools onto birch panels. Creating layer after layer, sanding in between each plane, resulting in large-scale and even colossal, highly theatrical works that are smooth yet rich with depth. the marks spread across multiple panels, clothing, objects, and instruments, creating intimate moments of space and simultaneously the magnanimous total experience of a galaxy. Laks performs original songs, stories of life as an artist, in this immersive art experience.
Laks’ works are part of numerous private collections and have shown
internationally in galleries, public spaces, and private exhibitions. ilan Laks now
lives and works in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.