ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kayla Kierra Johnson, known as "Kayla Kierra" is a New Orleans based multi media visual artist and designer who, through combining elements of modern pop culture and traditional technique, explores evocation and its essentialness to the human experience. Johnson seeks to make her work accessible to all, not just appreciators of art by focusing on making work that is "still" and aesthetically pleasing while also venturing past the surface level and exploring concepts such as mental illness, systemic oppression and mortality. She has used mediums such as photography, digital illustration and oil paint to convey these concepts.
Johnson has obtained the Outstanding Bachelor of Fine Arts Student Award, the Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Gold Key Ceramics and Glass award, the Rau for Art Foundation scholarship, the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Artistic Discovery, and a Certificate of Artistry from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. She has had her work exhibited at The Night of Femininity Exhibition (2018), the Congressional Arts (2018), NOCCA's End of Year Show (2014-2018), the Rau for Arts (2018), Clusterfunk (2022) and Plural (2022). She has studied visual arts at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) as well as Loyola University where she received a BFA in Studio Fine Arts in 2022.