JT Daniels is an illustrator / muralist currently living in Kansas City. His work weaves together various faces, characters and phrases into streamlined designs that represent the heartbeat of the urban community.
“Whenever I see a blank wall…I see an opportunity to communicate.” In my work, I take the opportunity to add in phrases or words that have personal meanings, in which two of my favorites are : SUP - “Surviving Under Pressure” and YEP - “Young Empowered People”.
JT Daniels started pursuing art as a teenager, becoming the designated artist for school projects, painting custom skateboards and selling illustrations to friends and mentors. Currently, he has become a social activist, using his art to support and uplift the community. His murals can be seen all over Kansas City, adorning the walls of small businesses, street car stops, galleries and local neighborhoods. His work weaves together various elements, such as characters and phrases, into streamlined designs that represent the heartbeat of the urban community.
His signature style depicts characters and phrases in various forms, compactly intertwined and infused with minute details. The overlapping faces and characters within the illustrations are visual references of all the people he’s interacted with, where conversations, experiences and characteristics become the compositions that signify the always transforming and growing human experience.
instagram - @jtdaniels_art
Twitter - @jtdaniels_art
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Isaac Tapia moved to the United States in 2000, at the age of nine. He now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. He paints his surroundings which usually incorporate the people and events he connects with.
Isaac studied at the Kansas City Art Institute from 2010-2012. Some of his works include "Virgen de Luz," in 2011 at the Kansas city Art institute, and was honored to have his solo show in the Summer of 2016 at Mattie Rhodes Art Center, titled "Soul of a Dancer".
Isaac can tell a story behind every person he paints. He works predominantly with oil, but also enjoys working with watercolors.
Aside from the aforementioned interest in portraits, he also enjoys painting landscapes on occasion.
Emily Alvarez is an illustrator and designer of Dominican and Cuban descent born in the South-Western suburbs of Miami, Florida. There, she was steeped in a unique cultural climate consisting mostly of immigrant communities thriving in a small part of the humid tip of the southernmost United States.
Now a KCAI alumnus and working in the Kansas City area, Emily seeks to draw a connection between her many areas of interest including education, design, illustration, storytelling, fine art and so on; her formative early observations of personal and multicultural life stories; and her current Midwestern occupations and experiences.
Mediums through which these themes converge include painted murals–two of which exist in Bridge Space in Lee’s Summit–as a primary source of large-scale work, editorial work, traditional mixed media art and various others. She also explores a variety subject matter but primarily enjoys indulging in lively compositions, vivacious color and exaggerated motion in order to instill her work with kinetic energy. This tendency is driven by a desire to reflect ethnic, racial and personal diversity whenever possible and the ambitiousness and capacity for stretching limits of the imagination and overcoming adversity latent within the human spirit.
Rodrigo “rico” alvarez
Rodrigo “Rico” Alvarez was born in the border town of Rivera in the country of Uruguay, which is also culturally shared with Brazil. At a very early age, Rodrigo noticed the richness of multicultural fusion and the importance of co-existence in everyday life. Rodrigo lived in Uruguay for fourteen years and found art to be a natural comfort and a good way to ease economic hardship. Unable to overcome the country’s economy, it later resulted in pushing Rodrigo and his family to relocated to the United States of America.
Rodrigo attended Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts and after graduating in 2007, attended Penn Valley Metropolitan Community College. Limited by his immigration status, the dream of education faded and his artistic abilities would soon be affected by his legal impediments.
After obtaining the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, Rodrigo was free to focus on his love of art once again. In September of 2017, Rodrigo was presented with the opportunity to make a mural for the Kansas City Public Schools District for Richardson Early Learning Center, which later proved to be a turning point in his art career. Sponsored by United Way of Greater Kansas City, and in partnership with Isaac Tapia, Rodrigo completed two murals that call Richardson Early Learning Center their home. Rodrigo and Isaac, with the banner of IT-RA, have since collaborated with beautifying the growing city of Kansas City, one street and local business at a time.
As a aerosol muralist in Kansas City for the past 19 yrs I’ve worked on a number of projects in different communities throughout the metropolitan area. My love of public art/murals began with graffiti art in the 90’s. The sewers and back alleys of Kansas City served as a training ground for the work I create . My work was born from Hip-Hop culture and the black struggle but is created to inspire people from all walks of life . Murals are important because it brings art to the forefront in communities that are often overlooked and undeserved socially. Art should be available and accessible but as we know many times it's regulated by galleries and museums. Galleries and Museums can be an intimidating experience but they are important for preservation and education . It’s also important to include authentic street/graffiti artist that struggled to get this form of art recognized and respected by artistic institutions nationally and globally .
As a multidisciplinary artist I’ve been commissioned to create sculptures , paintings and digital works that have been used on clothing, public facilities and merchandise both nationally and globally.
donald “scribe” ross
For 27 years the animated murals by Scribe have been readily recognizable in Kansas City and different parts of the United States, Canada and Mexico where he has both painted murals and had Gallery Shows. Scribe incorporates a menagerie of animal characters developed over many years representing a particular, self referential traits that he inserts into various scenarios. Scribe intersperses personal iconography, biblical, fairytale and historical references, animation and metaphor in works intended as contemporary parables for public audiences, hence the use of his artist name and persona. Through accessible idiom and image, Scribe incorporates humor and play in the conveyance of serious messages regarding personal integrity, attainment of knowledge, and adventure. Scribe currently is the Resident Artist for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City where he has worked full time for the last 17 years changing the environment of care.
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