Llamas’ paintings are beautiful minimalistic realism.  She follows a linear creative process in the development of each idea, often culminating in witty unrelated objects filling the picture plane.  The paintings become visual conundrums to be solved by the viewer.

~ Susan Shockley, Museum Curator, Parthenon, Nashville, TN

kristin llamas nashville artist

Photography by Mandy Liz Photography


I create work that is project-based, ranging from large scale paintings, digital drawings, to even street art installations. The most common theme around all of my projects is that they are all guided by conversation with the community. For me, the art is in the research and interaction more than the final product. I begin every project by engaging the community in a dialogue. I see art as a unifying force, a common language that we all speak.

My very first community-driven project took place at 22 when I traveled to all fifty states for a year on a mission to “Unite America Through Art.” From there, I created gallery and street art exhibits that embody art as a community interactive force, I quickly learned that art is more than what is confined within the gallery walls, and more about the experience it becomes for the viewers!

I want to draw you as a llama for my new art project!
Submit your name at llamasart.com
@llamasartshow @kllamasart


Born in Rochester, New York

Kristin Llamas is a contemporary painter and installation artist whose work is guided by a belief that art unites people. Her work is project based, however whether it be two-dimensional oil paintings, digital drawings, or large scale street installations, every theme is a question or commentary on life, current events, and social justice issues.

At 22 yrs old, Llamas created her first solo museum exhibit by traveling to all fifty states. She created 50 paintings while on the road for one year. The goal was to illustrate her experiences in each state and “Unite America through Art.” This body of work was called The Nomadic Project and toured across America and into Europe. Several pieces from this series have made their way into museum collections such as the Taube Museum of Art, Ramsey Museum and Tennessee State Museum. She credits that early success on a sense of fearless ambition.

Llamas’ recent series titled the “Socratic Dialogues” illustrates Socratic questioning based on virtues such as Truth, Honor, Courage, Justice, and relates them to current events. While her art touches on heavy themes, it can also be seen as quite playful.

For her current project, Llamas created a series called Llamas Art Show. Here, she plays upon her own last name to study the stories behind everyone’s name. She encourages individuals submit their naming stories (Why were you given that name? Do you relate to it? etc) and in return, she creates each names as a drawing of a llama…yes the animal.

Kristin also works collaboratively on installations ranging from small gallery pieces to city-wide installations with husband, Alfonso Llamas. The artist couple together makes up the husband and wife artist team, AK Llamas. The main subject in their installations is a pink flower which they call an Amaranth. This is Greek symbolism for the “never fading flower.” Their installation work was exhibited down three city blocks in Nashville, was selected for the Nashville International Airport and exhibited throughout the U.S., France, Greece, Italy and Switzerland.

Kristin, Alfonso and their three daughters made Nashville their home in 2008. Here, she continues to develop new work and commissions that benefit social causes. Llamas is also the founder of The YOUnite Tour, an international art movement that spans 56 countries and speaks at events around the United States, including a presentation with TEDx Nashville.

For more info about her work, and to hire for a commission, contact here.




2018 ¿Como te Llamas? Study of Names

2014 Deaderick Street Installation with Tennessee State Museum “#NashvilleSelfie”

2014 Nashville International Airport, Skylight Installation (2 skylights)

2013 Amaranths Tactical Flowers Installation AK-SPQR2, Vatican wall, Rome, Italy.

2013 Amaranths Tactical Flowers Installation AK-PAR4. Le Louvre in Paris, France.

2013 Amaranths Tactical Flower Installation AK-ATH1. Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

2013 Amaranths Tactical Flower Installation AK-SPQR1. Forum, Rome, Italy.

2013 Nashville’s Largest Street Art Installation: Paper Portrait Lanterns, Nashville, TN

2013 Nashville’s Largest Street Art Installation: Paper Portrait Lanterns, Nashville, TN

2012 YOUnite Tour Movement: A World YOUnited by Art

2008-2011 National Touring of The Nomadic Project: America United by Art

2005-2007 Creation of The Nomadic Project: America United by Art


2014 TEDxNashville “Please Don’t Stop Touching the Artwork” OZ, Nashville TN

2014 Socratic Dialogues, Artist talk, Parthenon Museum, Nashville TN (upcoming)

2013 Creativity Moves Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

2012 TEDx Nashville, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, TN

2012 YOUnite Tour, Mezzanine Gallery, Nashville TN

2012 The Host Gallery, “The Nomadic Project: Beyond the Canvas”, Mobile, AL

2008 State Street Gallery, Gallery Talk, Madison, WI

2008 Homewood Studios, Artist Talk, Minneapolis, MN

2007 University of South Carolina Art Discussion, Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC

2007 South Aiken High, Open America, Aiken, SC

2006 Mansfield Center for the Arts, Painting America, Mansfield, OH

2006 Discovery School, Student Assembly, Mansfield, OH


2014 “Socratic Dialogues,” GJCC Gallery, Nashville, TN

2013 “Socratic Dialogues,” Parthenon Museum, Nashville, TN

2013 “The Mind of A Cereal Artist,” Mezzanine Gallery at the Viridian, Nashville, TN

2013 “America In Art,” Mezzanine Gallery at the Viridian, Nashville, TN

2013 “Paper Portrait Lantern Installation,” Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN

2013 “America in Art,” Springfield Inn Gallery, Springfield, TN

2012 “Our Time Exhibition,” GJCC Gallery, Nashville, TN

2012 “The Nomadic Project: Beyond the Canvas” The Host Gallery, Mobile, AL

2011 “Lullaby and Awake,” GJCC Gallery, Nashville, TN

2010 “Madonna and Child,” GJCC Gallery, Nashville, TN

2010 “New Works of K. Llamas,” Hannah Davis Gallery, Memphis, TN

2009 January Featured Artist, State Street Gallery, Madison, WI

2008 Experience America Through Art, Homewood Studios, Minneapolis, MN

2008 The Nomadic Project, Minot Museum of Art, Minot, ND

2008 The Nomadic Project, Sioux Falls Empire Arts Council, Sioux Falls, SD

2008 Open America, Utah Artist Hands, Salt Lake City, UT

2007 The Nomadic Project, Journeyman Gallery, Naples, FL

2007 The Nomadic Project, The Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC


2017 GJCC Group Exhibition

2014 Customs House Museum, Clarksville TN “Women’s History Month Exhibition”

2013 “YOUnite Tour,” Galerie Quint-Essences, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

2013 Trespass Gallery, Clarksville TN “Opening Exhibition”

2013 Small Works Exhibition & Auction, Taube Museum of Art, Minot, ND

2013 “YOUnite Tour,” Mezzanine Gallery at the Viridian, Nashville, TN

2013 “YOUnite Tour,” Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC

2012 The Host Gallery, Mobile, AL

2011 Creative Genius, Medford, NJ

2011 Hannah Davis Gallery, Memphis, TN

2010 White Christmas, The Host Gallery, Mobile, AL

2009 November Exhibition, Talents Studio, Springfield, TN

2007 The Wallflower Gallery, Miami, FL

2006 Ramsay Art Museum, Honolulu, HI

2006 Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006 Aesthetic Eye, Chicago, IL

2006 Carla Schmidt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006 American Fine Art, Dallas, TX

2006 Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, NY

2006 State Street Gallery, Madison, WI

2006 Homewood Studios, Minneapolis, MN

2006 Habitat Gallery, Denver, CO

2006 Sawtooth School of Art, Winston-Salem, NC

2006 Light Street Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2006 Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH

2006 Ember Grove Gallery, Portland, ME

2006 LAMP Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN

2006 Utah Hands, Salt Lake City, UT

2006 Virtu Gallery, Anchorage, AK

2006 Portland Art Center, Portland, OR

2006 Art Encounter, Las Vegas, NV

2006 Terbush Gallery, Sedona, AZ

2006 Durden Gallery, Memphis, TN

2006 American Fine Art, Dallas, TX

2006 Fayette Gallery, Lexington, KY

2006 Crossroads Contemp., Santa Fe, NM

2005 Art For Act Gallery, Fort Myers, FL

2004 Artemesia Gallery, Venice Florida

2002 Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida

2001 The Shell Factory, Fort Myers, Florida

2000 Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida

1998 Memorial Art Gallery Student Show, University of Rochester, Rochester NY


2013 Tennessee State Museum, Permanent Collection, Nashville, Tennessee

2013 Taube Museum of Art, Permanent Collection, Minot, North Dakota

2011 Museum Acquisition, Permanent Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee

2010 Professional Development Support Grant, Tennessee

2009 Professional Development Support Grant, Tennessee

2007 National Society of Arts & Letters Award

2006 Artist Enhancement Grant, Florida


2001-2003 Apprenticeship, Cary di Valentin, Fort Myers, Florida

2002 Florida Gulf Coast University, Estero, Florida – no degree



Nashville Arts Magazine, SPECIAL FEATURE, “The Inspiration,” December 2013

The Tennessean, The Parthenon: Socratic Dialogues, Visual Arts Spotlight, Michelle Jones, October 13, 2013

The Tennessean, “Street art exhibit features 140 faces,” Nancy DeVille, Apr. 17, 2013

Nashville Arts Magazine, “Kristin Llamas: The Upside of INSIDE OUT,” Michelle Jones, April 2013 Issue

Nashville Arts Magazine, “Kristin Llamas: Our Time’, Michelle Jones, October 2012Issue

News Channel 5, Talk of the Town, Art in the Park, October 5th, 2012

Nashville Arts Magazine, “Socrates and Art”, Editor, June 2012 Issue

The Mobile Press Register, ‘Nomadic Project’ artwork on view at Host Gallery,” Thomas B. Harrison, March, 11th 2012

The Observer, “April Exhibit at GJCC features two New York Artists,” March, 2009

The Tennessean, “One Couple, 13 Months, 50 states and paintings,” Michelle Jones, June  14th, 2009

Salt Lake Tribune, “‘Nomadic’ Couple Paints Each State with Gusts of Wind, Slants of    Light” Julie Checkoway, June 8th, 2008

15 Bytes, Exhibition Spotlight, “On the Road Again,”Shawn Rossiter, June 8th, 2008

Salt Lake Magazine, “The Nomadic Project Settles In,” June 4th, 2008

Naples News, Critics Pick “Experience America Through Art”, Sarah Feldberg, December 10th, 2007

The Aiken Standard, “The Canvases of Humanity”, Marti Healy, October 24th, 2007

Star Bulletin, “Art project spans the nation”, December 27th, 2006

WORT-FM, Madison Wisconsin, “The 8 o’clock Buzz,” December 23, 2006

KY3 Springfield, MO, “The Nomadic Project”, NBC affiliate, December 21, 2006

The Providence Journal, “Nomadic Artists leave a painting in every state”, Bryan Rourke, December 21, 2006

The Alexandria Gazette, “‘Nomadic Conclusions”, Greg Wyshynski, December 13, 2006

Fox 42 KPTM, “‘Two artists and fifty galleries connect the U.S. through art”, Community Correspondent, December 13, 2006

Art Ella Daily Muse, “Fifteen States Connected By Art,” Headline Story, August 30th, 2006

Argus Leader, “Nomadic couple heads to 50 states to create,” Jay Kirschenmann, Sunday, August 20, 2006

News-Star, “Art Project Through States Going Strong,” Barbara Boxleitner, May 20th,    2006

The Chattanoogan, “Nomadic Project Headed For Chattanooga,” December 12th, 2005