Doug Kacena (b 1975. Denver, CO, United States) makes painting, mixed media artworks and conceptual artworks. By using popular themes, Kacena creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. With a conceptual approach, he touches various overlapping themes and strategies. Several reoccurring subject matter can be recognized, such as the relation with popular culture and media, working with repetition, provocation and the investigation of the process of expectations.
Denver contemporary abstract artist, Doug Kacena, received his undergraduate education in Fine Art (Painting) and Art History (Modern & Contemporary American Art) from the University of Colorado in Boulder. . Doug believes strongly in supporting art in the community and has taught art and art therapy to developmentally disabled adults through the state of Colorado. He also volunteered as a Steering Committee member, judge and coordinator for the People's Fair and CHUN Mural project from 2000-2017. In 2000, he founded Denver Artists Services Association (DASA) a not-for-profit organization providing guidance for artists. In 2000, Doug started designing handmade Tibetan and Nepalese Rugs and to this day he has had 8 lines produced. In addition to his artwork, Doug is a talented designer working in print, commercials and film. In 2017 he designed an official flight patch for SpaceX-10 and NASA (he was recently commissioned to design another patch for a flight in 2019). Doug is very active in the Colorado arts community. He is the Co-Owner of Artuvus Studios, partners with 1261 Gallery and Abend Gallery in 1412 Gallery Collective, Co-Owner and Director of K Contemporary gallery in Denver. He is the former Gallery Director of Evergreen Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Evergreen, Colorado, and is represented by K Contemporary in Denver, Colorado. His most recent project "Crossover" is the subject of an upcoming PBS Special in production with Colorado Public Telivision (CPT12) and was nominated for an Emmy in 2017.