2012, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.

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Kemba Opio is a contemporary studio portrait painter originally from Georgia. She uses traditional techniques in acrylic paint while exploring new applications to achieve her own unique style reminiscent of Pop Art. She received her B.F.A in fashion design and minor in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007. She relocated to Seattle, WA in 2009, exhibiting her paintings in both solo and group shows throughout the country at Hammond House Museum in Atlanta, 103 Gallery, Venice Arts Center in Los Angeles, Shoreline City Hall, Center on Contemporary Art and Tashiro Kaplan Gallery to name a few. In 2016, Kemba was commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture of Seattle to create a temporary installation of public art. Her artwork has graced the surfaces of backdrops for fashion shows, album covers, logo designs and staging for properties in New York City as well as being in private collections at Shoreline City Hall in Washington. Getting back to her southern roots, she moved to North Austin, Texas in 2019. In 2020, Kemba designed her first large-scale permanent site-specific public artwork commissioned by Community House Mental Health Agency, in downtown Seattle, WA. Currently, she is pursuing more public art projects.

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