Over the past few years, Kwanza Humphrey has been steadily establishing himself in the local art scene.
Humphrey has been featured in shows at the Kansas City Artist Coalition Underground Exhibition, Late Show Gallery and River Market Regional Exhibition.
“I’ve only recently began really pursuing a career in art here in KC. I’ve been encouraged with the art scene and atmosphere and how conducive it is to emerging artists,” he says. “The opportunities are vast and varied.”
His colorful, dynamic work focuses on the human form and facial expressions. “I really enjoy finding that in everyday, ‘ordinary’ people.’ I say that in quotes because I believe we are all extraordinary in some way,” Humphrey says. “That is something I’m striving to find and represent in my work.”
In June, New York magazine senior art critic Jerry Saltz visited Kansas City and met with Humphrey while in town to give a presentation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. As a result of the discussion, Humphrey decided to push more of his works on paper. “I’ve always used drawing as a foundation. He encouraged me to push it and continue to capture those observations from life,” Humphrey says.
Regarding his work based in Kansas City, he says, “I’m having good outcomes exploring and working. From the physical location to the ideas that seem to pour out of the community of artists, I feel truly blessed to be in this space at this time.”