Edit ModuleShow Tags

Bosko, Tiki Artist


Published:

Just outside Escondido, Bosko Hrnjak, 47, lives in a Polynesian-retro environment of his own making. “Everything I do is influenced by that era,” says Bosko. Tiki poles and shields he’s carved in his open-air shop are everywhere, and in a nod to his youth, his totemic wooden Yogi Bear has pride of place near his front door. 

An irrepressible artist and collector, Bosko—as he is known in the overlapping tiki and art worlds—carves and paints 1950s-style sandpipers and desert scenes; slices into redwood and cedar to craft tikis; and casts bronze jewelry inspired by Mid-Century Modern Atomic themes. He designed an engagement ring featuring two retro cat faces for his bride, the Dutch-born artist Truus de Groot. They were married in a Polynesian A-frame hut he built in their tropical back yard, only steps away from the Kapu Tiki Room, which he outfitted with vintage tiki bar and restaurant décor.

Tiki Oasis 11
“South of the Border:
A Retro Tijuana-Style Party”
August 18-21, 2011
Crowne Plaza Hotel l tikioasis.com

“The Pacific Islanders’ wooden tiki ‘gods’ that Christian missionaries burned are still misunderstood by some today,” Bosko said. “The Polynesians imbued them with mana (character traits) … for a ceremony where you were hoping to get your Uncle Herb to come in. They weren’t idolizing them.”

Having studied traditional Polynesian tikis and those made by California artists for the commercial tiki craze a generation ago, Bosko has his own style and international following. His tallest carved tiki pole rises to 15 feet; he also offers a line of desktop tikis. Some of his ceramic mugs, which he makes in small limited editions, go for hundreds of dollars. And he’s sold out three shows of his ‘50s-style framed, carved, and painted reliefs at M-Modern Gallery in Palm Springs.

Bosko will return to the annual, rollicking Tiki Oasis weekend around the pool at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Hanalei) in Mission Valley to sell his work and give a talk on “Polynesian Pop in Mid-Century San Diego.” Look for the artist with one name surrounded by live bands and crowds in Hawaiian shirts and sheaths. boskoart.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

That's What SHE Said: We're Not in This Business for the Money

The rumors, events, people, and stories keeping the Mesa interesting

Best of San Diego 2015 Party Photos

The sold-out party brought together the top restaurants, wineries and breweries for an unforgettable evening of food and entertainment

A Beer Lover's Dream Job?

What if you managed a pub that gave you first access to some of the greatest and most limited beers out there? Welcome to Tyson Blake’s world
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Farm to Fable
    Deception, fraud, and honest mistakes in the farm-to-table movement
  2. Best of San Diego in Pictures
    A look at the stories behind 15 of our favorite images
  3. FIRST LOOK: Bracero
    The hottest thing in San Diego food right now is Mexico. And there is no chef more primed to show what Baja can do than Javier Plascencia. Take a first look at his new spot in San Diego, Bracero Cocina De Raiz.
  4. FIRST LOOK: Cafe Gratitude
    Healthy gourmet is the future. L.A.'s Cafe Gratitude has become one of the breakout stars of the movement. They open their first San Diego location in Little Italy this week. San Diego Mag unveils the first photos...
  5. San Diego Summer Guide 2015: From A to Z
    Here’s our guide to buying the right tickets, getting the good seats, eating the best tacos, drinking the best cocktails, and more
  6. Easy Road Trips: On the Road
    Make it home in time for sunset! These three destinations are a just a scenic day trip away from San Diego
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Everything is Just Two Wheels Away

Get ready to GO by BIKE!

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags