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Oronde Kairi

"Oronde Kairi paintings focus thematically on sports, jazz, poetry, pop culture, and the human figure."

About Oronde Kairi

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Artist Statement

As a Philadelphia artist who grew-up in the 80s, my inspiration is fueled by the vibrant and dynamic graffiti scrawled along the buildings, trains, and subway tunnels of my youth. For me, street art powerfully expressed the creativity and narrative of the people who made it. Today, my paintings reflect the bold stylizations of my childhood memories, while thematically addressing poetry, jazz, sports, and those in my community.

From my Germantown studio, I work in saturated oil colors on stretched canvas or wood panel and aspire to visually convey the human experience through gestural exaggeration and imagining words and sounds as colors and movement. By altering and pushing the figure’s anatomy, I am exploring and revealing a person’s truth. Through my storytelling, I hope to connect the viewer with the subject and make work that is not only seen but relatable and felt.

Artist Bio

Oronde Kairi (b. 1975) is a Philadelphia artist whose paintings of abstracted, graphically stylized figures are inspired by the street art of his youth and his experiences growing-up in the 80s. He focuses thematically on sports, jazz, poetry, pop culture, and the figure.

Kairi has exhibited internationally at the Art Palermo International Biennial, Palermo, Italy; Michael Jackson Tribute Exhibition, Bucharest, Romania; and Michael Jackson Exhibition, São Paulo, Brazil. He has shown nationally in Pennsylvania, New York, Arkansas, California, and Virginia, and has been awarded The Best Modern & Contemporary Artist, 2021 and Black Music City Philadelphia Grant, 2021. Kairi was featured in Guide to Investing in Art, “50 Artists to Invest In” and Made In Magazine.

His artwork is in the corporate collections of: Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation, United Way of Chicago, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Important private collections include: Patti Labelle, Lauryn Hill, Sandra Denton, and Jenice Armstrong. Kairi is represented by: The Art Collective Gallery, Rogers, AR; Art Hatch Gallery, Escondido, CA; and Urban Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, and he received his BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts.

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Oronde Kairi Louis Armstrong Painting 14×18

Description Oronde Kairi Louis Armstrong Contemporary Jazz Trumpeter Oil Painting 14×18 Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: Armstrong Image Size: 18″ tall x 14″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included View more of Oronde Kairi’s

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Oronde Kairi Groove Theory Jazz Band Painting 12×12

Description Oronde Kairi Groove Theory Trumpet Player Jazz Band Contemporary Painting 12×12 Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: Groove Theory Image Size: 12″ tall x 12″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included View more

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Oronde Kairi Big Bill Broonzy Blues Painting 18×24

Description Oronde Kairi Big Bill Broonzy Contemporary Guitar Blues Music Oil Painting 18×24 Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: Big Bill Broonzy Image Size: 18″ tall x 24″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included

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Oronde Kairi Surround Sound Jazz Trumpet Player Painting 35×35

Description Oronde Kairi Surround Sound Jazz Player Contemporary Oil Painting 35×35 Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: Surround Sound Image Size: 35″ tall x 35″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included View more of Oronde

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Oronde Kairi Jimmy Hendrix Oil Painting 16×20

Description Oronde Kairi Jimmy Hendrix Playing Guitar Contemporary Painting Oil 16×20 Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: Jimmy Image Size: 16″ tall x 20″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included View more of Oronde

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Oronde Kairi Cold Blooded Trumpet Player Painting 24×48

Description Oronde Kairi Cold Blooded Trumpet Player Contemporary Oil Painting 24×48 Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: Cold Blooded Image Size: 24″ tall x 48″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included View more of

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Oronde Kairi Count It Off James Brown Painting 24×36

Description Oronde Kairi Count It Off James Brown Contemporary Soul Painting Oil 24×36 Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: Count it Off Image Size: 36″ tall x 24″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included

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Oronde Kairi Fader Operator Music Oil Painting 24×30

Description Oronde Kairi Fader Operator Contemporary Song Music Oil Painting 24×30 Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: Fader Operator Image Size: 24″ tall x 30″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included View more of

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Oronde Kairi The Duke Ellington Orchestra Painting 24×35

Description Oronde Kairi The Duke Contemporary Oil Painting 24×35 Ellington Jazz Orchestra Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: The Duke Image Size: 24″ tall x 35″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included View more

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Oronde Kairi Chet Baker Jazz Trumpeter Painting 18×24

Description Oronde Kairi Chet Baker Jazz Trumpeter Contemporary Music Oil Painting 18×24 Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: Chet Baker Image Size: 18″ tall x 24″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included View more

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Oronde Kairi Public Enemy Hip Hop Painting 30×40

Description Oronde Kairi Public Enemy Hip Hop Group Contemporary Music Oil Painting 30×40 Details Artist:  Oronde Kairi Title: Public Enemy Image Size: 30″ tall x 40″ wide Framing: Stretched on canvas. Gallery wrapped. Ready for a frame or hang as is.  Medium: Oil on canvas Shipping costs are not included View

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