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Kevin Harris

“Some see art as escapism, I see it as life”

       --Kevin Harris

Kevin is an oil paint, acrylic and pastel artist specializing in the creation of art that moves people.

Mr. Harris’s work can be seen in numerous galleries in the Charlotte, NC. He also has a painting in the permanent collection of Cabarras County Courthouse, and has displayed his work at numerous events throughout the east coast in cities like Charlotte, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Washington. Additionally, he has self-published numerous books of his pastel portraiture and oil paintings. His work has also been featured in Art & Beyond Magazine. His art can also be found in Studio 102 at Clearwater Arts Center & Studios.


Born in the 60's, Kevin Harris spent most of his childhood in his birthplace, Washington, DC, where he was raised by his father and his summers in Harlem with his mother. Such a diversity of cultures goes a long way in explaining who he has become as an artist. Kevin’s art is an amalgamation of styles across artistic genres. Kevin has consistently pushed himself artistically to learn something new with each piece of art he creates.


Be it via portraiture, figurative, abstract, land, or seascapes, Mr. Harris looks to life and translates his perception to the viewer. Considered an impressionist, his style is a free-flowing collaboration of color and texture - intended to inspire a sense of fullness. This is moderated by a structured focus developed from 6 years in the US Army.


The artist currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife.


Kevin's Story & History since 2015


  • MFA, 1988, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

  • BA, 1983, Hampton University, Hampton, VA


  • Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH

  • Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA

  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

  • Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

  • University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

  • Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

  • Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

MMXX: Based on a True Story...solo exhibition, Indiana University-East, Richmond, IN, January-February

FOOTPRINTS: A Retrospective of Explorations of the Landscape in Printmaking, solo exhibition, The Harmon Museum, Lebanon, OH, November-December

MULTIPLY, solo exhibition, Sinclair Triangle Gallery, Dayton, OH, August-September

Dream Sequence, solo exhibition, African-American Visual Arts Guild Gallery, Dayton, OH, January-February

Dana Wiley presents Kevin Harris, solo exhibition, Dana L. Wiley Gallery, November-December

30 Americans plus the Region, Ruthe G. Perlman Gallery at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, June-July

S.O.S. Art 2016, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, June

The Pull of the Print, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR, April 

11th Annual Print Show, High Street Gallery, Dayton Society of Painters & Sculptors with Dayton Printmakers' Co-operative, Dayton, OH, March-April

Carnaval: Celebrations of the African Diaspora, Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC, February-March

BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER, Visual Voices Exhibition,

  • EbonNia Gallery, Dayton, OH, May-July

  • Dayton Power & Light, Dayton, OH, March-April

  • Wintergarden Gallery, Schuster Center, Dayton, OH, January-February

Changing Perceptions, Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, November-December

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