Patricia Orpilla is a visual artist and writer who works primarily with site-specific painting and sculpture. She holds a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute with a double major in Painting and Creative Writing. Her work explores a range of elements from light, surface, architecture and the psychological experiences that these elements can represent. Having a strong foundation of research fuels both her written and visual language and how history is represented through these media. Her work has been shown at Kiosk Gallery, Front/Space, Beggar's Table, Vulpes Bastille, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Strata Architecture, H&R Block Artspace, and AICAD studios in Brooklyn, NY.
Her recent pursuits include a 2-year long collaboration with animator, Daniel Chase, which culminated most recently into a show called Resonant Frequency: “I” As Numerous Shifts at Front/Space, where she was given the ability to interact with intentional light and movement in the animations. She had a solo exhibition, titled Pillars, at Kiosk Gallery where she exhibited sculptural paintings. She is currently Academic Support and Advisor at the Kansas City Art Institute. She provides private lessons to youth and high school students and teaches with Continuing Education at KCAI where she was previously Enrollment Coordinator. She has a studio at the Hobbs Building in the West Bottoms, and is a previous resident of the Drugstore Studios, a competitive studio space where she was juried in and granted a free studio in 2018. She currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO.
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