Owner, Fine Artist & Muralist
Paint the World - 415 Howe Ave, Shelton CT
Gallery Director & Curator
Gallery 415 - 415 Howe Ave, Shelton CT
Kayla Ek is an american fine artist and, curator based in the Connecticut & New York City areas. Her paintings, illustrations and sculptures often depict emotive surreal portraits that are inspired by her deep love for music illuminations, psychology, philosophy, saturated colors and poetry.
Currently, at the age of 23 Kayla spends most of her time giving back to the artistic community by focusing on the debut of her own creative arts studio called Paint the World (a creative arts studio that will focus on fine art workshops, group art sessions and mural work) and, curating the monthly gallery shows for Gallery 415 ( a gallery that runs in conjunction with Market 415 & the Shelton Farmers Market) - both located in Shelton, Connecticut.
Kayla has won many awards due to her excellence in the Arts and the work she has done contributed to the Connecticut arts community - such as the 2014 Connecticut Association of Schools Outstanding Arts Award, The 2014 Walter Kopsick Memorial Award, & the 2014 Energy PRZ Award.
Kayla has also worked hands on with Comedy Central Comedian, Dave Reilly, Bolt Printing CEO Lana Corsano, Head Designer Sully Orellana, Photographer Morgen Purcell, and International Curator Analise Nelson.
2016- BFA Fine Arts, minor(s) in Painting & Art History. Western Connecticut State University.
2014- Certification in Graphics Tech. & Marketing, Henry Abbott Technical High School.
Exhibitions & Showcases
2018 - Alternative Space Showcase At Yale West Campus, New Haven CT
2018 - Art Gallery At Mill, 6 month Exhibition, Unionsville, CT
2018 - 90’s Art Show, Artists Collective, Bridgeport CT.
2018 - PoHooketry, Artists Showcase, Waterbury CT.
2018 - Hartlem World, Artists Showcase, Harlem NY.
2018 - Raw Presents CONNECT, Artists Showcase, Weathersfield CT.
2017 - Paint the town Citrus, Artists Showcase, Crystal River, FL.
2017 - Sea Life themed Show, Three Sisters Springs, Homosassa FL.
2017 - Artist of the Month, Artists Showcase, Crystal River FL.
2017 - Raw Presents FIXATE, Artists Showcase, Orlando FL.
2017 - Highland Brass Co, Artists Showcase, Waterbury CT.
2017 - Festival of Shadows, Artists Showcase, Danbury CT.
2016 - Fine Feline, Multiple Artists Show, New Milford, CT.
2016 - Raw Presents MOTIF, Artists Showcase, Brooklyn NY.
2016 - Shock N’ Awe Gallery, Artist of the Month Show, Waterbury, CT
2016 - Upfront Gallery, Artists Semi-Annual Showcase, Port Jervis, NY.
2016 - Gallery 25, Solo Artists Showcase, New Milford CT.
2016 - Featured Artist, Solo Art Show at the Sweet Spot, New Milford, CT.
2016 - Matters of the Heart themed Art Show at the Sweet Spot, New Milford, CT.
2015 - Tonio’s Panino Solo Artist ShowCase, New Milford, CT.
2015 - Underwater theme Art Show at The Sweet Spot, New Milford, CT.
2014 - Paint the People Artist Village, New Milford, CT.
2013 - Paint the People Artist Village, New Milford, CT.
2013 -Regional Connecticut Seniors Art ShowCase, Hartford, CT.
2011- Annual New Milford Juried Art Show, New Milford, CT
2008 - Annual Regional Youth Art show at Kent Silo Gallery, Northville, CT.
2014 - Connecticut Association of Schools - Outstanding Arts Award
2014 - Walter Kopsick Memorial Award - Arts Award.
2014 - The 2014 Energy PRZ outstanding performance Award.
2014 - Henry Abbott Technical School- Best Overall Improvement Award.
2013 - Connecticut Association of Schools - Best in Show
2008 - Kent Silo Gallery - Best Youth in Show.
2016 - Director of New Milford Art Walk
2017 - Gallery Curator for Paint the Town Citrus
2018 - Gallery Curator for Rad Art Gallery & Studio
2018 - Gallery Director for Town of Oxford, CT USA