Kovi Konowiecki (b.1992) was born in Long Beach, California, and is currently based between Long Beach and Mexico City. He holds a BA in Media Communications from Wake Forest University and an MA in Photography from University of the Arts London. After playing professional soccer in Europe, he turned to photography as a way to document the things around him and shed light on different aspects of his identity. Kovi was selected to be a part for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in both 2016 and 2018, and was the first ever nominee to have two images shortlisted for the first place prize. He also also been featured and published on platforms such as i-D, British Journal of Photography and The Guardian. He was selected to be a Red Hook Labs Artist in 2018 and has exhibited his work in spaces such as ROSEGALLERY (CA) and The National Portrait Gallery (London). In 2018, Kovi cofounded a small publication, Mula Press, to explore his love for book making.