Gene Kreyd, born 1964 in St. Petersburg Russia.
Exposed to art from a very young, age Gene's parents took him to museums, galleries, and exhibitions.
As a child he studied at an art club for children at the Hermitage museum where he won first place for a self portrait that was published in the newspaper.
His parents close circle of friends were among some of the leading Russian underground, nonconformist artists, poets and writers.
These surroundings had a strong influence on Gene's approach and development as an artist.
In 1973 the family emigrated to USA.
While living California Gene discovered surfing which became a major source of inspiration for his artistic expression. "surfing became the axis of my life".
Gene studied Chinese internal arts and medicine, yoga, meditation as well as traditional fine art and art history.
Gene was not fully satisfied with only the traditional approach. he chose to put his main focus in learning by exploration and experimentation.
"I graduated from the university of reality"
In the 1980s he started traveling the world extensively in search of waves and inspiration for his art.
Throughout his career, Gene has expressed his art through clothing design, film, music, and photography.
His true love however has always been and remains painting abstract art.
Exhibiting internationally, and with his works in the hands of collectors in Europe the Americas and Asia,
Gene draws his energy and inspiration from meditation and surfing. His intention in creating art is to inspire and awaken.
Gene's motto is live the life you love.