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

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STATEMENT

I am a contemporary artist that uses my work as a way to communicate, raise awareness and benefit humanity. I believe that art is a uniter. When I set out to create my very first series, I painted in all fifty states in an effort to “Unite America through Art” with the Nomadic Project. Now, my work is still project based but all paintings and installations are a commentary on life, current events, and social justice issues. 

I enjoy using abstract backgrounds and add realistic elements to focus in on a subject matter while I strive to illustrate significant events through the most peaceful and visually beautiful way.

For example, my recent series titled the “Socratic Dialogues” illustrates the questions that Socrates asked on Truth, honor, virtue, etc in relationship to current events. My hope is always to use art to start conversations and reflect on the world around us.

ABOUT

Born December 16, 1982, Rochester, New York

Kristin Llamas is a contemporary painter and installation artist whose work is guided by collaboration and community engagement surrounding modern social issues. Kristin’s Paintings often combine abstract background with realistic elements that are loaded symbolism and meant to create a visual dialogue with the viewer.

Beginning at age 22, Kristin’s work was widely exhibited in galleries and museum venues such as the Whistler Museum, the Ramsay Museum, the Taube Museum of Art, the Parthenon and Tennessee State Museum.

Llamas’ inspiration has always stemnmed from engaging with the community. Her first museum exhibition came from traveling to all fifty states of America and responding to her experiences through paintings. More recently, the artist has an ongoing series titled “The Socratic Dialogues” where she hosts symposiums about certain socially relevant topics and issues and paints from those community discussions.

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. A frequent theme in their installations is a pink Amaranth flower- Greek symbolism for the “never fading flower.” Their installation work was selected for the Nashville International Airport and exhibited throughout Paris, Rome and Switzerland.
In 2008, Kristin with husband and three daughters made Nashville their home. Here, she continues to paint large scale works and commissions to benefit social causes. Llamas is the founder of The YOUnite Tour, an international art movement that spans 56 countries. She has spoken at events around the United States, including a presentation with TEDx Nashville.

For more info about me and my work, contact me by filling out the contact form.


RESUME

AWARDS/ HONORS/ ACQUISITIONS


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

 

COMMUNITY/SOCIAL PROJECTS


 

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

PRESENTATIONS


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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


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

EDUCATION


2002-2003 Apprenticeship, Cary di Valentin, Fort Myers, Florida

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

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY


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