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Art & Life with Kenny Vo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenny Vo.

Kenny, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Born and raised in Texas. I was always involved in creative things from school poster contests to class/club shirt designs. Not believing that a career in art was possible I began a major in biology at The University of Houston in 2011. Quickly discovering that I didn’t enjoy biology, I began searching for what I wanted to do in life. After a lot of trial and error, I decided to trust my feelings and found myself in Los Angeles pursuing a career in the entertainment industry as a concept artist. During the beginning of my schooling, I went to as many different schools in the area as I could to learn from as many different teachers as I could find. Going to schools like Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Concept Design Academy, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and all sorts of private and online classes eventually making my way to a newly opened concept design focused school in Glendale called Brainstorm school where I got the bulk of my schooling from and made lifelong friends. After a couple of years at Brainstorm, I was hired by my teacher and mentor James Paick at Scribble Pad Studios where I was fortunate enough to be able to work on all sorts of projects from Games, Movies, Animations, Theme Parks and so much more.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
As a Concept Artist, my style and content vary from project to project but in my personal work, I tend to create paintings that are inspired by my interests like food, cars, locations I want to go to and cats. The main thing I want to accomplish with my art is to create some sort of emotion inside the viewer. Being able to show another person how you’re experiencing something or conjure up some sort of memory inside of them with just shapes on a page is such an amazing thing. Because that tends to be the focus of my work. A lot of the images I create will be composed around the idea that the viewer is “in” this world experiencing the things I love the way I see them.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I feel one of the biggest challenges facing artists today (myself included), is just creating work based on who they are and what they like. There are so many skilled artists popping up everywhere that it can be hard to create memorable art when you create work based on what you feel is the popular thing versus things that are unique to you and how you see and experience things.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The best ways to find my work would be on my website, Instagram or Artstation by searching for KennyVoArt.

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