Kenny Harris was born in 1974 and currently lives and paints in Venice, CA.

Raised in the SF Bay Area, he received his BA in Fine Art from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. During his junior year abroad, he studied in Florence, Italy, immersing himself in Renaissance Art History, and classical figure drawing at the atelier of Charles Cecil. After living and painting in San Francisco, he moved to New York, where he studied under Frank Mason at Art Students’ League.

In Spring 2001 he left New York for Central America, painting through Honduras, Guatemala and the Yucatan. He then landed in Venice Beach, where he has been ever since. Travel has continued to influence his painting; his experiences around the world inspiring bodies of work. Central and South America, Europe, Cuba, Istanbul and China have been recent subjects. He also draws inspiration from his environs in Venice, CA.

Kenny combines his classical training with the energetic, gestural use of line and color from the latter half of the 20th century. His oils walk the line between calm, naturalistic light studies and boldly defined color fields, with brilliant light and reflections. They define a place and a mood, charging spaces and cityscapes with personality and resonance.

From 2002 he has participated as an exhibitor in the prestigious Venice Art Walk. He exhibits on both coasts, and teaches undergraduate and graduate level painting at Laguna College of Art and Design, and is currently finishing up his MFA at LCAD.

In 2016 he received the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant.

He currently shows at Koplin Del Rio in Seattle and George Billis in New York.

The other day I was riding my bicycle around the side streets in Venice Beach near my own home and I saw Kenny Harris, who lives nearby, standing at an easel in the middle of a wide...
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