I’m Skylar, a painter, muralist, and illustrator from the Tampa Bay area.

Growing up in large cities, I was always inspired by street art and urban style. I am drawn to bright, vibrant colours that pop and make people look twice.

 

I believe art should be accessible to everyone - I am an ally and advocate of diversity in all areas of life, and it is my pleasure to serve and inspire as many communities as I can. My goal is to bring colour and inspiration to every neighbourhood I get the chance to.

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SKYLAR SUAREZ

Florida mural artist, painter, & illustrator specializing in public/community art.

MAJOR PROJECTS

“Under the Sea”, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts - Painted Car, 2019

Car live painting for the 2018 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts as part of CARMADA.

"Spidey Spray", Tampa Heights, FL - Mural, 2019

Exterior mural done as part of Tampa Bay Fresh Fest 2019.

“Sunset in the City”, Seminole Heights, FL - Mural, 2018

Exterior mural done for the Pickett Fence bed and breakfast. 

"Nuclear Vision", Downtown Tampa, FL - Mural, 2018

Exterior mural on the promotional cube at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

“Rooted Bloom”, Seminole Heights, Tampa, FL - Mural, 2018

Large exterior mural on the west side of the Francis House EPIC campus.

COMPETITIONS & AWARDS

"Professional Development Grant", Arts Council of Hillsborough County, 2019

Recipient of an equipment grant from Tampa's art council.

"Channelside Bells", Traditional & Digital Arts (TADA), 2017

Chosen as one of four artists to paint an exterior mural in the Bell Channelside apartment complex in Downtown Tampa, FL.

“Park Bench Call”, Tampa Heights, FL - Mural, 2017

Chosen as one of seven artists to paint a park bench at Seminole Park in Historic Kenwood, St. Petersburg, FL.

SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS

"Gasparilla Festival of the Arts"Tampa, FL - Live Car Painting, 2018 & 2019

"RandoMIZE"St. Petersburg, FL - Group Show, 10/2018

"ArtOfficial Intelligence",  St. Petersburg, FL - Group Show, Multiple Dates

Pride Without PrejudiceSt. Petersburg, FL - Group Show, 6/2018

"One Love"St. Petersburg, FL - Group Show, 5/2018

"Tampa Bay Fresh Fest"Tampa, FL - Artist & Fundraiser, 4/2018

"Pop Culture Pop Art Explosion!"St. Petersburg, FL - Group Show, 3/2018

"Fine Art: Fan Art"St. Petersburg, FL - Group Show, 1/2018

"Tampa Bay Comic Con"Tampa, FL - Convention (Artist), Multiple Years

"MegaCon Tampa Bay"Tampa, FL - Convention (Artist), 10/2017

"MetroCon"Tampa, FL - Convention (Artist), 8/2017

PROJECTS, CONT'D

“Pixel Adventure”, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts - Painted Car, 2018

Car live painting for the 2018 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts as part of CARMADA.

“Mad Brewer”, Seminole Heights, FL - Mural, 2018

Exterior mural done for Southern Brewing and Winemaking.

“Flower Child”, Dublin, Ireland - Mural, 2018

Exterior mural done as part of a street art exhibit in downtown Dublin.

“Floral Bloom”, Seminole Heights, FL - Mural, 2018

Exterior mural done for the Jai Dee Yoga studio.

“Tampa Lights”, Channelside, Tampa, FL - Mural, 2018

Exterior mural located in the Bell Channelside campus.

"Geometric Anarchy", Tampa Heights, FL - Mural, 2018

Exterior mural done as part of Tampa Bay Fresh Fest 2018.

“Collaboration Wall at Roberstons”, Tampa Heights, FL - Mural, 2018

Exterior collaborative mural with four other artists for Tampa Bay Fresh Fest.

“Coloured Life”, St. Petersburg, FL - Public Art, 2018

Painted bench in Seminole Park facing the playground depicting coloured pencils.

“Heights Memorial”, Seminole Heights, FL - Mural, 2017

Exterior mural dedicated as a community tribute for the victims of the Seminole Heights shootings in 2017.

“Tampa Beer Works”, Brandon, FL - Mural, 2018

Interior mural done for the Tampa Beer Works brewery.

“Bourbon Barber”, Tampa, FL - Mural, 2017

Interior mural done for the Bourbon Barber.

“Alleyway Vigilantes”, Tampa, FL - Escape Room Design & Painting, 2017

Interior escape room design and painted in graffiti style for Imagine Escape Games.

“Live, Love, Life”, South Tampa, FL - Mural, 2017

Exterior mural on the east-facing wall of the OTL Hookah Lounge.

“Ink Life”, Gibsonton, FL - Mural, 2017

Interior message board mural done for Native American Tattoos.

“Native American Dream”, Gibsonton, FL - Mural, 2017

Interior mural done for Native American Tattoos.

SKILLS

Media Proficiencies:

  • Exterior & Spray Paint

  • Acrylic paint

  • Enamel

  • Inks & Markers

  • Digital Art

Planning, budgeting, and executing large-scale projects.

Digital drafting and design of projects of all sizes.

Knowledge of materials and tools needed to execute art/mural projects depending on surface condition, size, and texture.

Experience in stagecraft, set building and painting, and safe use of power tools and aerial equipment.

EDUCATION

University of South Florida, Tampa FL

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.

Blake High School, Tampa FL

Attended magnet arts program for Stagecraft and Technical Theatre. Participated in and led the building and painting of sets, as well as the lighting and sound effects of various theatre productions.

REFERENCES

Mark Stevens

Director, Tampa Bay Fresh Fest

aurailieus.artist@gmail.com

Eric Hornsby

Founder/Director, Tampa Bay Fresh Fest

hornsbygator@gmail.com

Joy Winheim

Executive Director, Empath Health

joy.winheim@empathhealth.org

PUBLICATIONS

Guest Contributor, "Skylar Suarez: 2019 AC Professional Development Artist Grant Recipient", Hillsborough County Arts Council, TampaArts.org, 2019

Cathy Salustri, “Tampa Bay Fresh Fest Will Pay Artists to Paint Murals in One Tampa Neighbourhood”, Creative Loafing, August 2018


Julie Garisto, “Women Take Over Art Car Fleet”, CreativePinellas.org, Feb 2018
 

Shannon Valladolid, “Murals Provide Hope to Seminole Heights After Killings”, WTSP.com, Feb 2018
 

Sean Daly, “New Mural in Seminole Heights Offers Hope to Still-Healing Neighborhood After Murders”, ABCactionNews.com, Jan 2018
 

Heather Monahan, “Seminole Heights Community Unveils Mural and Banner Dedicated to Murder Victims”, WFLA.com, Nov 2017


H.K.N.A., “Here it Comes… Public Art in Historic Kenwood!”, HistoricKenwood.org, Nov 2017