LOCATION: Dateline - 3004 Larimer St
EVENT CATEGORY: Art Events
UPCOMING DATES AND TIMES
- Fri, Jul 2, 2021 - Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Opening Reception Friday July 9th 6-11pm
DATELINE is pleased to announce the opening of our July exhibition Kid At heart: New Works by Sasha The Kid.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sasha the Kid is a contemporary painter known for his acrylic and oil works commonly depicting abstract and colorful faces. He also often experiments in sculpture, mural artwork, and street fashion. Sasha the Kid, born in Tacoma, Washington (1998) is the youngest of four children born to a first generation Filipina immigrant and a father whose passion includes motocross riding and carpentry.
It was his father who influenced his craftsmanship through carpentry and mechanics and his first taste of design came within the world of motocross whose bold “graphics and plastics” covered an array of bikes in color and name brand sponsors. In a similar light, Sasha the Kid’s mother introduced him to a unique world of Asian culture which accentuated his desire for travel and new experiences abroad. Though it wasn’t until college that he started taking painting seriously.
His passion for painting propelled from a deep depression that encouraged him to use his art as an “escape”. Sasha the Kid is now based in Denver, Colorado, in the Five Points neighborhood. His painting style is “unexplainably authentic, with closest comparisons that are reminiscent of Basquiat and Picasso” (Denver Westword Magazine, 2021). Sasha the Kid is inspired by constantly celebrating and expressing his inner child. He uses the juxtaposition of the simplicity of canvas against bright, thick impasto colors and lines that reflects his deep mature intuition of mark-making against a childish composition, invoking a strong sense of naive captivation to all who observe his works. In this way Sasha the Kid’s art can be enjoyed by all walks of life, from the casual observer to those more nuanced in art history.
“My work reflects on the immediacy and instability of this generation. Acting as a new visual voice of the youth, my goal is to enter viewers into a world where the beauty of bright colors and the power of a simple line can grasp personal emotions to shift one’s perspective. As some works are created as a protest, I suggest my entire career as a protest: a protest against old barriers that keep us from growing.” —Sasha the Kid