Kristopher Raos (b. 1987, Bakerfield, CA) is self-taught painter based in Los Angeles, CA. Raos grew up between Bakersfield, CA and Mexico City, Mexico, his early domestic life characterized by instability and privation. He found focus in graffiti art, painting the trains that move through the agricultural landscapes of Bakersfield. His street art practice took him all over the world and ultimately led him to Los Angeles. It also shaped his name, RAOS being his former graffiti moniker which he adopted as his surname. A visit to LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2007 was formative, as Raos saw Ellsworth Kelly’s works for the first time and became fascinated w Minimalism and hard-edge abstraction. Raos transitioned from graffiti art to his studio painting practice in 2011. Raos’s work has been featured at galleries including As-is Gallery and MaRS Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, F2T Gallery in Milan, Italy, Baik Art in Seoul, South Korea, Venus Over Manhattan in New York, NY, Chris Sharp Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and the Torrance Art Museum, RDFA, and Peripheral Space all in Los Angeles. In 2022 Raos had his debut solo show at Charlie James Gallery titled No Escaping the Housework. In 2023 Raos had a solo booth at EXPO CHICAGO and was featured in a two-person booth at Feria Material in CDMX, Mexico. Raos is currently exhibiting in Tracing the Edge at the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, curated by Nicolas Orozco-Valdivia and Ananya Goel, which is on view thru January of 2024. Painter/Piloto is Raos’s second solo show with Charlie James. Kristopher Raos lives and works in Los Angeles and is represented by Charlie James Gallery.