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Local Artist Spotlight

Some have called Columbus the Indie Art Capital of the World. Whether or not you agree with that tagline, you have to admit that we are a city home to an amazing array of artists and creatives. Our monthly “Local Artist Spotlight” highlights some of our most talented and interesting artists.

Local Artist Spotlight: Brandon Kaes

Anne Evans Anne Evans Local Artist Spotlight: Brandon Kaes

Bicycles are a way of transportation for some, and for Brandon Kaes, they are also inspiration for his art. “All of my art revolves around bikes,” he says. “With my photography, I love doing minimalism and just keeping my style bold and simple. I’ve pretty much dedicated all of my photography to my bike. Last […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Joey Monsoon

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Artist Spotlight: Joey Monsoon

Joey Monsoon should be a name familiar to regular readers of Columbus Underground. He was voted as the best artist in Columbus by our readers from 2008 to 2010, and we’ve interviewed him before to discuss some of his gallery exhibitions around Columbus. This weekend he returns to the Lindsay gallery for a solo show, […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Yao Cheng

Anne Evans Anne Evans Local Artist Spotlight: Yao Cheng

Yao Cheng has been drawing and painting since she can remember. “My mom took me to my first art class when I was very young, so I was exposed to being creative early on,” says Cheng. “I really enjoyed drawing. It just felt natural for me to pick up a pencil and start creating art! […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: April Sunami

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Artist Spotlight: April Sunami

While many us are hopefully winding down and relaxing through the holiday season, local artist April Sunami is remaining incredibly busy. Her mixed-media artwork is currently on display in four different exhibition spaces around Columbus, and she has three more shows that she’s working on displaying in the next few months. We spoke recently with […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Felix Gada

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Artist Spotlight: Felix Gada

When the Jekyll & Hyde Salon in Clintonville opened back in June, one thing we noticed is that it is a very colorful place with lots of art hanging on the walls. We were informed that some of the artwork was created by local artist Felix Gada, and learned that much of his abstract work […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Giovanni Santiago

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Artist Spotlight: Giovanni Santiago

If you’ve ever eaten at Graffiti Burger, then you’re already familiar with the artwork of Giovanni Santiago. The walls of each local burger location are adorned with sports and food themed wall murals that tie the establishment to its name. But Giovanni’s creative style goes beyond what you’ve seen in commercial outlets, and he’s hard […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Matthew Richard Barnes

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Artist Spotlight: Matthew Richard Barnes

Matthew Richard Barnes is not your normal local artist. He’s yet to touch a paintbrush, but has managed to walk the lines between entrepreneur, photographer, sculpture, civic activist and creative thinker. You may be familiar with his work through Tweet And Go Seek, his technology/adventure club startup that rewards real life discovery promoted through social […]

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