Michael Vahl is a visual artist born and raised in Los
Angeles, California. He specializes in one off detailed
portraiture and other unique crafted styles of artwork typically depicted with oil & acrylic that draws
influnences from pop art and modern culture but
with a Vahl twist, creating a one of a kind visual
Drawing since the age of five, Vahl is consistently learning his craft, honing his skills and pushing the limits of his ability to produce works of art for the
enjoyment of others.
He decided to leave his life behind, including friends and family, to pursue his dream of being an artist
here in Tampa Bay. He has dedicated himself to the visual arts and is continuously striving to master new
methods, concepts and artistry that his clients and
audience will appreciate and love for years to come.
Carlos Pons Paz
Carlos Pons is a painter and multimedia artist currently working in the Tampa Bay area. Born in Guatemala City, his family moved to America in the year 2000 for better opportunities. Carlos has worked as an art instructor at a local organization working with adults with disabilities for 4 years, and is currently a full time fine artist. Carlos is a self taught artist who’s work reflects the illusion of reality and the human experience. His dramatic sceneries, although rich in color, project a vague reality through amorphous figures and incoherent spaces.
After teaching art to adults with special needs, Carlos decided to venture into doing art full time in the Summer of 2018. He currently spends time in his studio creating large surreal paintings while also taking on art commissions.
Hi! I’m Courtney, a senior at the University of Tampa working towards my Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting. You can find me in my studio experimenting with mediums such as beer, spray paint, liquid copper, pennies, and other found materials. Experimental painting is a big influence on my current body of work. The curriculum constantly pushes me to think outside of the box, and explore an array of different materials. Lately, my current work revolves around oil painting the human figure and combining the bodies with designer brands and logos. This combination alludes to my senior thesis which explores social class and the concept of privilege versus poverty. This year I have become an apprentice to a local mural artist and have been learning the craft of large scale murals and the in and outs of being a full time artist. Art is something that I am constantly studying, practicing and is a huge part of my life. I think it is important to stick with your passion and when it is combined with hard work, extraordinary things can happen.
Make sure to follow me to keep up with my art journey @courtney_makes_art
Audrey Jennifer is a St. Pete native artist and sociologist. She pulls from her study and experience of relationships and the world around her to create artwork that speaks on what she sees as being to be important aspects of life. Much of her work is attributed to mental and emotional health, and working to break the stigma of that while bringing insight to the ways we are all connected and all deserve to be free. She displayed in Art Basel in 2019 shortly after her first solo exhibition, SPEAK, with guest artist Jason Skeldon on mental health awareness, and she has done mural work all over the state of Florida and as far out as Los Angeles. During quarantine, in an attempt to feel more connected to her work and expression she evolved toward finger-painting and now creates about 80% of her work with only her fingers. She finds great joy in the process of creating, as she believes that whether you are creating art or appreciating art, through it, we are all connecting.
Jorge Roldan is a Puerto Rican International artist who goes by the name of ‘Rojo the Artist.’ Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rojo moved to Tampa when he was 4 years old. He currently lives in Valrico, but his colorful murals can be found all over Tampa Bay. He discovered his passion to create when he was 15 years old and taught himself how to paint.
Lorenzo Swinton is a native from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and has spent more than a decade living on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee. An Interest and passion for artistry could be interpreted from the artist to have become established at the early age of only six when his very first artwork was displayed at the State County Fair in his hometown after teachers were inspired from a drawing developed in school during a creativity session.
Psychology states that pattern + repetition allow people to feel at ease and develop a meditative feeling. My work involves organic abstractions that create patterns in a non-representational way. The act of pouring paint allows me to express my interest in repetition while invoking patterns that exist in nature.
Chaimae Oualid, born in 1996, Rabat, Morocco, is an artist based in Tampa, Florida. By manipulating the viewer to create confusion, Chaimae tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.
I have recently become most inspired by the look of collage, which is reflected in my latest work with the use of layering patterns and expressive illustrations. My process consists of drawing geometric and organic shapes that are accompanied by whimsical illustrations of characters. I aspire to create playful visual experiences that captivate curiosity.
Currently based in Sarasota, Sarah Eisner spent the last 5 years focusing on communicating through the visual medium of painting.
In 2018, Sarah’s artistic journey brought her to New York for a course in modern art at Christie’s where she learned the power and impact visual expression could have—on herself and the world. Through her art, she has incorporated blending and finger painting techniques, various mediums, and different cultural elements to develop her own unique approach to communicate the pain she and many others have experienced. The pain and concepts expressed in her paintings have become a physical manifestation of the healing process that she believes we are all capable of.
Sarah’s emphasis on authentic sight has been the primary focus of her paintings, which allowed her to feel seen—literally and figuratively—not only by herself, but others in a time where connection and feeling truly “seen” is no guarantee. Driven by love for the world, she enjoys using her art to open up unfiltered conversations with regards to the realms of light and dark in life. Although she hasn't felt the urge to stop exploring and settle on a specific style, Sarah tends to incorporate the subject matter of eyes and the female form, both of which express the concept of being “seen.”
Originally from Middletown, Delaware but currently Tampa based artist, Quinn Cale, has been honing her skills in painting for the past several years. Originally only working with a variety of mediums, Quinn blended her love for space and with her lifelong love for art, bringing about the perfect marriage of her two passions.
a reminder to never lose track of where you’re going, while never fully leaving behind where you’ve come from. Each piece; the madness behind the magick, whimsy floating up the waves of creation. Each work acting as an inner piece of myself turned outward. Paint, photos, words, sentimental madness and silly scriptures written beneath each image to represent my perspectives. always feel free to reach for creations/projects or just to talk & learn from each other! I love connecting with my community & am always deeply inspired by so many of you! Thank you for being here !
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Shawn Rainey the artist known as Fabstraq is an artistic soul who has been creating art since his early childhood. From paintings to poetry, this multifaceted artist delivers inspiration with each of his artistic abilities.
Early in life, Fabstraq, struggled with various forms of trauma which led to painful feelings of isolation and rejection. These feelings took him to the darkest places of his being and increasingly became a detriment to his development. Feeling hopeless and alone, he longed to find an escape and that’s when he was introduced to Art.
I am mostly inspired by human behavior and emotions. I like to tell stories and champion quiet conversations through out my artworks. Most depict idolization and heartbreak. My creativity was birthed in Rhode Island, but has been brewing for the last seven years in Florida. The final product is true Tampa Art.
Known as INDIE REECE is a self taught painter and illustrator.
His work ranges from abstract, to tribal influenced, Asian culture and a Sci-Fi Fantasy imagination. With love for nature, lines and shapes, and texture he combines all these elements to create an Afro-Futurism take on the world around us through his eyes. Jaurice also serves as a curator and board member for the New Roots Art Collective, an all black artists committee bringing together new faces to public art in Tampa, Florida.
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From the City of the Eternal Spring, Medellin Colombia, “Neeto” moved to Florida in 1997 with a curiosity and passion for art from a young age. As a self-taught artist, much of his inspiration comes from contemporary and pop artists who can be seen through his work that consists of popular animated characters in different styles to help create feelings of nostalgia and bring back fond memories.
Eric Ondina's paintings draw from user-uploaded social media content, borrowed from videos, and stills appropriated from areas of extreme political polarization. He selects his images by arranging the subjects within settings expressive of the American Condition. Through this process, he attempts to observe the American myth as it confronts global realities, illustrating a society and its discontents struggling to grasp a fate beyond control or imagination.
Ondina's approach to his medium is exacting; he creates his own paint emulsion from a viscous balsam, a fossilized hard resin, egg tempera, and water, all mutually insoluble ingredients that require patience and concentration on behalf of the artist. As a result, the paintings possess a vibrant quality reminiscent of stained glass. Although Ondina's approach to craft may harken back to earlier traditions of paintings, his subject matter feels intensely contemporary and topical. The cropped images plot the oscillating rhythm of America's collective unconscious, sometimes striking candid mundaneness while at other times capturing moments of decisive drama. Suspense and even tragedy, as indicated by a distant fire or heated altercation, paired with joyful moments of leisure and the daily reality of wearing protective masks are depicted in scenes that appear to be just unfolding. Ondina has a B.F.A in studio art from Florida State University (2013) and an MFA from the University of South Florida (2019). Ondina is a visual art instructor at Hillsborough Community College and works out of his studio located in the heart of historic Ybor City in Tampa, Fl.