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Check out Kris Kaliakin’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kris Kaliakin.

Kris, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in Malibu, CA and fell in love with art once I started taking fine art classes at O’Neill’s Art Studio. It taught me the foundations of mediums such as charcoal and oil paint and I used those lessons later on during my time at Malibu High School where I ended up taking as many art classes as I possibly could. I later ended up attending Loyola Marymount University where I played Division 1 Water Polo and majored in graphic design but complications within my schedule led me to transfer to Otis College of Art & Design right across the street. Going to an art school where creativity was all around you was awesome and eye opening and being surrounded by so many talented artists really pushed me to develop a unique style and hone my craft. I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree emphasizing Illustration and have since worked as an artist assistant, graphic designer, and illustrator for numerous companies. I try to always have a painting working in my free time and want to pursue more opportunities for shows and gallery work in the future.

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 primarily make acrylic paintings on wood panel and I get inspired from classic 1930’s animation, tropical beach-related imagery, and surf culture. I love lighthearted humor and providing a sense of beauty and relaxation to the audience. I really love graphic artwork with clean lines and strong color and I want people to appreciate my painting process and enjoy to subject matter, rather than look for deeper meaning. To me, painting is such a therapeutic process and its very stimulating to lay paint down and brush away.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think this is an extraordinary time to be involved with the arts. There are so many different and unique creative outlets for people to express themselves and aspects of society like social media and public works have exposed so many to different types of art that they would not have found just a few years ago. There are tons of opportunities for artists to make a career for themselves and many avenues to better your craft. With that said, I think it is equally challenging to distinguish yourself from the pack just based on the sheer number of stuffs out there but if you have a unique voice and style that resonates with people, anything is possible. I think the more cities foster creativity and programs promoting art and expression, the more entertained and empowered everyone becomes as a result.

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?
I have some paintings currently showing at Clean Aesthetic in Playa Del Rey and you can also visit my website to see my full collection of work or my Instagram @kris_da_fish for more frequent happenings. Everything I am making is for sale so please feel free to email me at if interested!

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 3109931111
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @kris_da_fish

Image Credit:
Kris Kaliakin

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