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Meet Kyla Hawkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyla Hawkins.

Kyla, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started creating at a very young age. Art was therapy for me during my troubled childhood. As my skill level in art increased I thought to myself “how can I make money from doing what I love?” A fellow artist and friend, Amiriana Payne invited me to showcase my art in her art show in 2016. That was my very first time being in a showcase and I loved it.

I continued to create and explore my personal art style. I found a home in pop surrealism, drawing inspiration from my favorite artist Salvador Dali. In 2018 I had my first solo exhibit and from then on the art shows kept coming in. In 2020 my art career took a drastic change. The world was on pause, forced to take a break when the pandemic kept us home during months of quarantine, I spent every day creating. Social media gave me the exposure I needed to show my creative process and healing through my artwork. I kept receiving commissions from people all over the world. I was then contacted by the Shakespeare Festival to do a 3D mural. It was my first corporate contract that received so much press. That same year I was accepted to be a part of a show for the Contemporary Art Museum. Those opportunities were major in creating new pathways for my art. I look forward to seeing what comes next.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I struggled with exposure and getting people to see my artwork. Nowadays I struggle with consistency in creating. I experience months of creative blocks. I work through that by doodling everyday.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in pop surrealism. I started painting realistic portraits and found more freedom and expression in pop art infused with realism. My work is filled with vivid color and messages surrounding spirituality, mental health, sexuality, and love through a black scope.

Any big plans?
I hope to start a nonprofit here in Saint Louis. I want to create a space for children and young adults that allow healing and enrichment through creative arts.

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