Kenny Harris (b. 1974)


Kenny Harris was born in 1974 and is currently living and painting in Venice, CA.


Raised in the SF Bay Area, he received his B.A. in Fine Art from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. During his junior year abroad, he studied in Florence, Italy, immersing himself in Renaissance Art History, and classical figure drawing at the atelier of Charles Cecil. After living and painting in San Francisco, he moved to New York, where he studied under Frank Mason at Art Students’ League.


In the spring of 2001 he left New York for Central America, painting through Honduras, Guatemala and the Yucatan.  He then landed in Venice Beach, where he has been ever since.  Travel has continued to influence his painting; his experiences around the world inspiring bodies of work.   Central and South America, Europe, Cuba, Istanbul and China have been recent subjects.  He also draws inspiration from his environs in Venice, California. 


Kenny combines his classical training with the energetic, gestural use of line and color from the latter half of the 20th century. His oils walk the line between calm, naturalistic light studies and boldly defined color fields, with brilliant light and reflections. They define a place and a mood, charging spaces and cityscapes with personality and resonance.


From 2002-12 he has participated as an exhibitor in the prestigious Venice Art Walk.  He exhibits on both coasts, and teaches undergraduate and graduate level painting at Laguna College of Art and Design, and is currently finishing up his MFA at LCAD.

In 2016 he received the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant.


He currently shows at Koplin Del Rio in Seattle and George Billis in New York.




Selected Exhibitions


2003  Terrence Rogers Fine Art    Santa Monica

2003  GalleryC  “Urban Anatomy”    Hermosa Beach

2004  Terrence Rogers Fine Art    Santa Monica

2004  GalleryC, “California New Old Masters”,

       curated by Donald Kuspit     Hermosa Beach

2005  Terrence Rogers Fine Art “Sacred Light/Common Space”   Santa Monica

2005  GalleryC  “La Habana, Cuba”   Hermosa Beach

2006  Terrence Rogers Fine Art “Transitional Light”   Santa Monica

2006  George Billis   “Images from the Old World”   New York

2007  Gallery C   “Buenos Aires & South America”   Hermosa Beach

2008  Terrence Rogers Fine Art “Recent Paintings”   Santa Monica

2008  George Billis   “Tales from the Road”   New York

2010  Koplin Del Rio “Istanbul”   Culver City

2011  George Billis   “Normandy”   New York

2012  Koplin Del Rio “China”   Culver City

2012  George Billis   “Tuscany”   New York

2013  Koplin Del Rio "Judy Nimtz & Kenny Harris --

        Terra di Sienna : Paintings from Southern Tuscany" Culver City

2014  George Billis  “Recent Paintings”  New York 

2015  Koplin Del Rio “New Paintings by Judy Nimtz & Kenny Harris”   Culver City

2017  George Billis "Recent Paintings"   New York