Kaylee Michelle Gurung

AKA Kayliskima de las Nubes


BFA University of Arizona, 2D Studio Art

MFA Polytechnic University of Valencia, Artistic Production








Artist Statement

We are conduits. We are flutes. Everything material is temporary and transitory. Making art liberates me to live vibrantly in the present moment. The process of creating is like being connected to the correspondence between the microcosm and macrocosm; lila. My work plays with the material realm and celebrates the divine and infinite underlying spirit.

My aesthetic in painting is largely shaped by post-impressionism and surrealism, based on the expedited painting time, loose mark making, dream states and illusionistic nature of reality. “The essential is invisible to the eyes” a quote by Antoine de Saint Exupéry reminds me of the unseen creative process but felt, energetic imprint in a work that makes it magnetic. Some iconography from eastern systems of belief, ancient cultures along with animals surface in my paintings.  Ultimately, I paint in an attempt to harmonize the material and the metaphysical.

Sculpturally, I enjoy creating ephemeral installations with organic materials, giving homage to contemporary earth art and body art. I work with a variety of traditional and non-traditional mediums based on concept.

Each artwork has a unique feeling to express. As I spend time working, I shift, I become the observer, watching relationships unfold in the composition, intuitively deciphering symbolism and deciding which relationships to highlight and which to hide in paint. Compositions emerge which I could not have anticipated and the work becomes an interplay of many layers of color, imagery and meaning. Wonder at the final outcome of an artwork feels the most authentic to me.

Leonora Carrington's Crocodile sculpture in Mexico City.

Blog posts

Poème haitian

Cette une poeme haitian que Jean-Paul découvrit dans son cahier de l'enfance... quand tu verras l'homme mitrailler le ciel tu perdrasun molaire et tes cellules se fondront alors le phoenix te transportera dans la cite perdue quand le corbeau s'abattra sur le vers fait...

Artist Statement

  I aim to invite the suspicion of over-identification with our physical reality by rendering recognizable figures who meld with ethereal spaces and dissolve into abstract environments. I bring elements, as I envision them, from the unseen into the seen world;...

Visual Artist Statement…confusion

kaylee_michelle_art 4m This wasn't supposed to be a painting. The intention was to make something, maybe more of a collage, that catalogued or captured my visual language and all of my interests in order to assist in writing a verbal artist statement and better...

Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1988 in Tucson, Az


Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain                      Master in Artistic Production 2017- 2019

University of Arizona, School of Art in Tucson, AZ, USA                BFA 2D Studio Art with minors in Art & Visual Culture Education and Spanish 2006-2011

THMS Arts and Science Magnet high school, Diploma, 2006


2019 Rehabitar la Cebera, Valencia, Spain

2018 PAM, Valencia, Spain

2017 Divine Transmission, Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, Az

2016 Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres, 222 Raices Taller, Tucson, AZ
Tucson Arts Brigade Exhibit, City Hall, Tucson, AZ
Synchronize, Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2013 Kaylee Michelle solo show, Brooklyn’s Pizza Co., Tucson, AZ

2012 Celosia Progressivo, Mexico City (MX)

2011 BFA Show, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Merge 22, Studio 1, Tucson, AZ

2010 Untitled, Blue Moon Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Fiberotica, Click Group Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Sculpture, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2009 Fragments, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Painting 300, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ


2012 Oficina de Arte Residency, Mexico City(MX)              2011 Cum Laude, University of Arizona                                    2008-2011 UA School of Art Scholarship                                        2006-2011PELL Grant, University of Arizona                                2006 Excellence in the Arts, THMS