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Makeya Kaiser

Makeya Kaiser (b. 1981, San Francisco, CA) joined the Creativity Explored in 2011. Kaiser’s drawings are often made from discreet circles, outlined in black, delicately colored, and set in wavering rows. They are mysterious and beautiful and exemplify her statement “I like the spaces around the shapes.” Yet her paintings, though they employ a similar pointillist technique, show little concern for negative space, with the circles crowding and pushing around over a busily washed background.

"Collage is an art form with many uses," says Makeya Kaiser (b. 1981). In a blog-post about her recent foray into cutting and arranging images, Kaiser explains that collage "offers a new way to think about my painting.” This engagement with the process of a new medium shows Kaiser as an artist willing to take risks, and one who examines and analyzes her work and practice.

A move toward collage shows Kaiser's break from mark marking to a new concern with form and its arrangement into a composition. The transformations that a collage can undergo, while still remaining impermanent and subject to revision, have had a profound impact on her work, and thoughts, as an artist. The contemplation of a collage’s many stages is an education in itself if the artist is sensitive, dedicated, and a little bit mischievous. Luckily, these traits define Kaiser’s work and demeanor. What her newest pieces will look like is anyone’s guess, but they will surely be as fabulous, thoughtful, and poetic as her account of color theory: “If you mix green into red you get a color like leaves.”

Kaiser curated her first exhibition titled The Mask Show at Creativity Explored 2 in September 2015. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at Creativity Explored. 

Click here to view Makeya Kaiser's animation featured in Dance Party!, an exhibition at Creativity Explored in 2015. 

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Samples of Kaiser's work





Selected Exhibitions

2016
Pass Away - Dia de los Muertos Altar, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
Natural History, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Perceptions 2016: the Art of Citizenship, Crawford Art Gallery, the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and Cork City Hall, Cork, Ireland
Ripe, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Tabula Rasa, Creativity Explored , San Francisco, CA

2015
Dance Party!, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2014
StereoTYPE, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
A Curious Menagerie, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2013
SIDESHOW, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
For the Birds, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2012
Fabulous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
ArtPadSF, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA

2011
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA