Artist Biography

Kiya Kalem's work diverges into two paths, one of these leads to the ocean and the other to the forest. Born in Perth WA, Kalem grew up in a little beach town South of the River surrounded by scrub and shrubbery. Her botanical paintings are inspired by a fascination with plants and the unique beauty of each species. The works have a vibrancy and texture which bring new life to the classic subject of native flora. As the viewer, we are invited to engage on a number of levels. On one level they are beautiful representations of our native plants. On another level they speak of the paradox of the fragility and resilience of life, something profoundly important in this time of climate crisis. Kiya’s other artistic muse is the raw power and beauty of the ocean. From seascapes to delicately detailed wave studies, these scenes evoke the timeless ebb and flow of the vast seas with their ever changing moods.

After three years studying Fine Art at University Kiya deferred her degree to enter the workforce managing a busy art supply store. There she learnt an abundance of product knowledge, which paired well with the theory and practical skills learnt from her studies. Kiya passes on this knowledge through workshops and events she helps organise. In the past few years she has returned to focusing on her art full time, with a casual position curating and assisting at the well known David Giles Gallery in Fremantle, along with displaying her work at various venues around Perth.

Exhibitions and Artistic Achievements

2017 – 2018 – Full Time Manager at Jacksons Drawing Supplies Northbridge. This role included running regular workshops in Water colour, Mixed Media, Acrylic Pouring and Riso Printing.

2019 – Displayed work at “Bitches Brew art space” in Fremantle High Street.

2019 – Displaying work at “The Artisan Store” in Fremantle High Street.

2019 – Instructor of the Watercolour workshops held at East Fremantle Yacht Club (EFYC).

2019 – Market stall at the Fremantle street arts Festival 4th-6th of April.

2019 - Displaying work at South Beach Cafe in Fremantle

2019 - Churchlands Community Art Exhibition 24th of May.

2019 - Inland Art Prize 31stof May.

2019 - Lawley Art Auction 15th of June.

2019 - Gosnells Community Art Award 14th of June.

2019 - Liquid Silver Linings – Joint exhibition June 13th - July 4th.

2019- Ground to Sky - Joint exhibition at the National Gallery in Fremantle September 13th - November 14th

2019 - Window display in Garden City October 2nd - November 4th

2019 - Display of Botanical series at Oontong and Lincoln Fremantle November 7th -December 18th

2019 - Display in the window of the David Giles Gallery in Fremantle - All of November

2019- Display in the window of the Artisan Store in Fremantle - December - ongoing

2020 - Botanic Fanatic solo Exhibition - Discovery Forest Center January 13th- Feb

2020 - Permanent Wall artist in the David Giles Gallery

Education and Small Achievement

Fine Arts Captain in Year 7

2011 – Youth sculpture award at Mandurah Performing Arts Center.

Head Girl during Year 12

2015 – 2017 – Bachelor of Fine Art ECU / UWA

Achieved High Distinction during my studies in 2015 & 2016

Exhibitions and Artistic Achievements

2015 – Repeat Chalkboard design service
“Leaky Tap” Mosman Park
“Blacksmith’s Restaurant” Beaufort Street.

2015 – Ongoing art display & sales at “Dog Beach Cafe” in Golden Bay.

2016 – Life Drawing Exhibition of my figurative studies.

2016 – Radio Interview 107.3 Heritage FM “Calling all Artists” discussing Education and Community Involvement in the Arts.

2017 - “Body and Art” Contemporary Art Exhibition.

2017 - Graphic Design Consultant, Bikini Inc. Swim wear.

2019 – Fairy Face Painting pop-up in Fremantle, Cottesloe and Melville.