Kay Kiria Painter – Poet
“I Paint to tell a story. I write to paint imagery. Bringing the unseen and unspoken to a heartfelt surface drives my passion to paint and write. Drawing our attention away from the physical into the spiritual heart and light inspires the devotion behind my work. My paintings and poems are a poured offering built from within. Oil, acrylic, mixed media, tools and my penned poems in journals are the creative instruments I use to orchestrate works of imagination, closeness, honesty and hope.” ~ Kay Kiria
Miami, Florida born, Kay Kiria is a lifelong artist and poet. Kiria has been on the South Florida cultural scene since 1997, exhibiting in galleries and exhibitions from the Keys to Boca Raton. Her work resides in private collections internationally. She has appeared in the press consistently throughout her career as artist, teacher and involvement in community art projects. Kiria and her paintings have been featured in local and online media magazines, interviewed by VoyageMIA online Magazine and in social media by television program, PBS’ Art Loft FL. Her work has also gained national and international exposure appearing on the front cover of the ‘Short Stories’ guitar instrumental album by her husband, renowned musician Peter Betan.
Kiria’s focus on sacred themes unites her art and poetry in unexpected ways. Abstract surreal expressionism collides with traditional form to create an unexpected harmony between painting and poetry which can be seen