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Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimo Bautista.

Kimo, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story begins in North Long Beach where I was brought up in a house of eight. My father was a Native of Hawaii and my mother a native of the Central American Country of El Salvador. Throughout my life I’ve drawn, I never knew a thing about art didn’t care for it. Drawing was just an escape a time alone, it was peace and frustration. In my teenage years, I got into graffiti with my older brother and our circle of friends. People knew us, respect our work and reputations it was something special. A pure creative influence of inspiration and growth. Until my brother died. I was sixteen at the time, and he was two years older, it changed me forever. I quit graffiti and carried the lessons and respect of the culture with me in all of my creative endeavors. As of now, I am a Ceramicist, Woodworker, and Printmaker currently working as a screen printer in the Los Angeles area.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’ve always had an interest in machinery, engineering, and technology it tends to be a heavy influence of mine in my work. Mainly focusing on human coexistence with technological advancements I also tend to explore realms of spirituality and how it relates to the metaphysical self.

Most of my Imagery is drawn but, as a printmaker, I try my best to push what I know to make something entirely new. Utilizing Mono printing as a form to portray imagery in a darker more gothic tone helps deliver a certain feel. I hope when people see my work it makes them think and reflect on how life is in our day and age.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Great metropolitan cities like ours have a huge opportunity to encourage artists and grow communities especially in Impoverished neighborhoods where young artists need an outlet to grow creatively. Hopefully, in the future, there can be a way to have more affordable studio spaces for working creatives, that follow city regulations, so they don’t get shut down. Everybody needs a place.

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 find my work and any updates of future showings on my Instagram.

The next big show is called “Hello Welcome” and it will be in Long Beach At the Ice House Headquarters 824 Anaheim St. on December 1st. It will be a large group show.

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Image Credit:
Genessis Martinez

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