Get to know the artists who will be at the festival! 

See the Garage Kiddie Car artists here.

 

 
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Vania Soto

Kansas City Local artist V. Soto was born in Juarez, Mexico and began selling paintings at age 13. Inspired by proud cultural icons such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, she connects with her by heritage by maintaining influential traditions from this rich past.

Her main media is acrylics and she also works in mixed media. She describes her work as realism with a pop of surrealism.

 

Isaac Tapia

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".

 

Mario Mora

Hello, I'm Mario, the Artisan Rogue, a Kansas City based Illustrator and Voice Actor. 

I'm no frills, notoriously scruffy in appearance and attitude, and always tend to gravitate towards laughter and positive creative vibes, all the while, drawing, designing, imagining, and looking to collaborate, and produce new ventures.

I self publish, write and illustrate my own comics and books, set up shop at comic and anime shows to showcase and sell my works to people that are gracious enough to support working artists like myself.

 
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Priscilla Munoz

A Kansas City native, Priscilla is an aspiring young artist.  At a young age, Priscilla began to write short stories and create illustrations to go with the writings.  As her talent grew, she realized her love for art.  Now, at the age of 13, Priscilla has created a portfolio of many mediums focusing on expressing who she is as an artist. 

Priscilla's college dream is to attend the California Institute of the Arts and someday work for Pixar.

 
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Juan-Carlos Perez

Juan-Carlos Perez is an interdisciplinary artist who was born in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles, California at an early age. He later moved to Chicago Illinois to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Through the use of 2D, 3D and installation work, Juan-Carlos creates intense landscape revolving around the complex themes of politics, immigration, violence, racism and religion, and are interwoven with history. These spaces create a context where different perspectives, ideals and concepts confront and challenge one another.

Juan-Carlos is part of The Chicago Act Collective, a group of socially and politically engaged artists that promote collaboration and dialogue across multiple communities to reflect and respond to current needs.

 

Jolee Spinks

My name is Jolee A. Spinks. I am Mexican-American with roots in Romita, Guanajuato. I am thirteen years old. Art is one of my favorite hobbies. I entered this show to challenge myself and test my abilities. I have always loved to draw but never took it seriously until this year.

I enjoy my Latino culture and finding ways to incorporate my heritage into my art. This show is my first step towards discovering my artistic, creative skills, and where they may take me.

 
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Marisol Ortega

Marisol Ortega is a designer & illustrator living in Kansas City. She is inspired by linocuts, watercolors, textiles, letterforms and the infinite patterns in nature. Marisol loves anything lettering, paper, textures, patterns, coffee, chocolate and learning new things.

Her creativity thrives in an environment in which she is surrounded by people who inspire her every day and encourage her to be her best, which is why she enjoys being a Hallmarker.

She is currently a Senior Designer for the Cultural Identity, Vida creative studio at Hallmark Cards.

 

Anthony "AO" Oropeza

A designer, painter and comic book artist, Anthony Oropeza encompasses a wide range of genres and artistic approaches, from sports to fine art to music and culture. He is the founder of AOArt5, a design and art studio, and he exhibits his work at First Fridays and other events around Kansas City.

Anthony is also the owner and lead creative of Strong Ave. Studios, an online-based publishing studio for creatives and authors to showcase their work in print, online and in schools.
"Strong Ave. Studios is where the magic for the kids and kids-at-heart happens! We love drawing, writing and coming up with a variety of characters, cartoons and story book ideas, for our books, and enjoy assisting in making potential books better and more marketable." – Studio Website

 

Clemente Raya

A Kansas City native, Clemente observes his cultural surroundings and portrays them in his art with a contemporary vibe. As a teen, he painted in aerosol and then began using acrylic later on. Now, as an adult, he uses oil paint and is working on a project called "INSCRIPTIONS" – a hieroglyphic evolution that is an artistic communication where the origins of a culture visually echo into now.

In the future he plans to incorporate "INSCRIPTIONS" into public art projects, such as murals and sculpture parks. Other projects will include furniture design and structural design. Clemente's goal is to give a positive experience to the creator(s), collector(s) and the viewer(s) of this work.