Wayne Coombs, Mai Tiki Gallery Owner Dies
By Giles Malone // September 4, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA — Wayne Coombs, a Cocoa Beach legend and one of the Space Coast’s favorite and most famous artists, died suddenly today around lunch time. He was 62.
An apparent heart attack occurred while Coombs was mowing the lawn at his gallery in Cocoa Beach.
“Wayne had a heart attack 10 years ago and we all thought he was doing well,” said Beki Coombs, his wife of 35 years.
His diligence, style, and creativity in the Art of Tiki garnered him legendary status and respect worldwide.
“Wayne’s distinctive style is especially evident in his colorful paintings,” said WayneCoombs.com.
“Identifying them as a ‘Different Zone,’ they are the most current results of his passion to create.
Starting out carving Tikis in 1967, Wayne’s artwork morphed into an identifiable style that emanates from each piece he created, no matter the medium.
“Coombs is credited by many, for this momentum and growth in Tiki carving and exposure, as being the designs that define the look of Tiki today. Along with his wife Beki, he founded Mai Tiki Studio/Gallery in 1973.”
Mai Tiki has always been a “must see” in Cocoa Beach, Florida.