Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Kobe Bryant Muralist: 'He Deserves To Be Painted'

5e5425f3b555c5000abe2a1f-eight.jpg
Art Gozukuchikyan painted a Kobe Bryant mural outside of VEM Exotic Rentals on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
Your donation today keeps LAist independent, ready to meet the needs of our city, and paywall free. Thank you for your partnership, we can't do this without you.

Within an hour of Kobe Bryant's death last month, artist Art Gozukuchikyan decided:

"I should paint him. He deserves to be painted."

And he had the perfect space, the exterior of a specialty car rental business in Studio City he'd already been commissioned to paint.

Within 24 hours, Gozukuchikyan, who goes by "Artoon," had finished a tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant. His murals (there's another in Mid-City) are among dozens of public memorials that have appeared across Southern California in the month since the Jan. 26 crash.

READ MORE: