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Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle.

Kyle, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Virginia and raised in California. When I was in preschool, I would always draw when I would wait for my parents to pick me up. They said they would always find me sleeping on my desk with a crayon in my hand. I’ve always known I liked art, and my parents were always supportive of that. Not exactly unique but more of my origin story. I applaud parents who support their child in the arts because it is stigmatized by many.

About ten years ago, I enrolled in a graphic design class, and I enjoyed it so much that it is now one of my main mediums. My early design projects consisted of album covers and designing a clothing brand with my friend Julian. These years encouraged me to take art more seriously and turn it into a career.

Later, I studied Studio Art at San Francisco State University, where I expanded my portfolio. 6 months after graduating, I had my first solo art show in Los Angeles at the Substrate Gallery. Now, I work on art every day; taking on commission projects as a freelancer and planning my next solo show.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I combine mediums and crafts such as; watercolor and graphic design, carpentry and sewing, sculpting and photography, to name a few. I illustrate humanized plants and fictional characters inspired by the natural world. I believe drawing inspiration from nature gives my artwork an organic and calming atmosphere. My art can be perceived as nostalgic or childlike with adult underlining themes. I want people to feel like they are glancing into a fictional world that feels familiar yet refreshing. I want my audience to know that my artwork is open-ended and forever evolving. One of my favorite pieces is a watercolor illustration titled “BO.” This piece was a literal portrayal of being struck by love with a minimal concept design with storytelling details. This was one of the early pieces I painted with watercolor that inspired me to further my exploration with this medium.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I believe the biggest challenge artists face today is social media. Learning how to use social media effectively to elevate their work is a challenge in itself. Social media can influence artwork significantly. Artists constantly are juggling their attention between trends and personal interests, preventing their work and their inspirations become stale. Social media has opened many doors for artists making it more competitive and challenging.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can view my past work on my website at kylebykyle.com and on my Instagram: @kylebykyle. In addition, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Urban Outfitters, where I designed a t-shirt and hoodie. You can view these products through their online store or in select U.S stores. Lastly, people can support my work by coming to my next solo art show this year.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.kylebykyle.com
  • Email: info@kylebykyle.com
  • Instagram: kylebykyle
  • Twitter: kylebykyle

Image Credit:
Profile Photo: Michael “XL” Carreon
Photos of UO Clothing: Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com)

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