Kiara “Aris” Florez is an illustrator who works primarily in acrylics and inks to create her artworks. She explores spiritual thinking and imaginative worlds, using bold colors and wavy lines to express those concepts. Since taking drawing seriously at 16 years old, her works have always aimed to create stories, play with vibrant colors, and develop a unique style. After doing realism in high school, Kiara has taken her works into a more abstract design, adding a deeper personal meaning to it.
Her works are developed through an intuitive process in which she paints the images that appear during her meditations. Sometimes the images appear naturally from music or nature. Many of her works often have human-like beings interacting with landscapes or other beings. Kiara has always been drawn to spirituality, other dimensions/worlds, and the inner self. She feels that her paintings are a way to be in touch with the spiritual side of life.
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2020: Mattawoman Creek Art Center Gallery Annual Juried Show in Marbury, MD
2020: Michael Rose's 31 Under 30 National Virtual Exhibition
2020: Featured in Top Magazine Webzine
2020: Featured in Collision Literary Magazine Issue
2019: Delaware State University Gallery Student Honors Exhibition in Delaware
2019: Featured artist in National Arts Program website
2018: Practice Gallery Exhibition The Birds and the Bees in Philadelphia
2017-18: Artwork featured at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
2017: Winner of Caesar Rodney District Calendar Contest in Delaware
2017: Congressional Art Award Winner in Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for Delaware
2016-17: Delaware state winner for the Doodle4Google national competition
2013: Winner of Munroe Regional Medical Center holiday card contest in Florida