The Rainbowmonkey

Markus Hofko a.k.a. The Rainbowmonkey is an Auckland-based conceptual artist in the fields of art, culture, music and advertising covering everything from photography, video, installation and sound. He’s been described as a conceptual image-maker of both still and moving images and a fierce artist-hunter of new visual languages and different media forms. He’s also a consummate collaborator, undertaking diverse experiments with artists that have led to numerous interdisciplinary performances and stage productions. He has created designs, videos and conceptual photos for Wired magazine, Adidas, Diesel, Becks, VW, Atlantic Magazine and more.

Hofko is one of the wonderful ‘Safe in Sound’ artists who took to the canvas of a pair of white Nike Air Force 1 trainers to raise funds for one of our partner charities, Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre. Come to the auction at Fukuko on the 29th of August to win your very own pair of Safe in Sound trainers.


What’s happening in the world of The Rainbowmonkey for 2013?

Paving the way to the future.


How hard was it working on the canvas of Nike Air Force 1 trainers?

Easy from an idea-perspective. Harder from an execution-perspective.


Tell us three things that inspire you and why.

1. Clouds because they keep morphing.
2. Raw food because it's beautiful and real.
3. My wife because she adds new perspectives and methods to my life. 


Describe the most generous person you know and how they influence you.

My wife because she is non-prejudiced, open to anyone and anything, caring, listening, inspiring, and giving without wanting.


Name an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated.

Eat free stuff from your own garden and avoid the supermarket.


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