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Biography

Aunia Marie Kahn (B. 1977 Detroit, Michigan) is an award-winning and collected American contemporary painter, collector and gallerist.

Her work is a harmonious fusion of evocative characters surrounded by a tapestry of intricate worlds. Kahn’s home, clothing, and surroundings, rich in color, vibrant patterns, and textures, brim with an abundance of plants, creates a sanctuary of inspiration for her paintings. This vibrant environment serves as a profound muse, deeply influencing her creative process.

She has exhibited her artwork in over 300+ exhibitions in 10 countries and at institutions such as SDAI, iMOCA, and CAM St. Louis. Additionally, she has lectured at colleges and universities and has been featured in Yahoo, Prevention, and Authority Magazine. She has also held roles as both a gallerist and curator for internationally recognized books and projects.

She is the author, artist and curator on various book and deck projects. (View all Books & Decks). She is also the owner of Rise Visible (25+ years), a web design, SEO, and digital marketing agency. and is the owner of the Poetic Tiger Gallery.

Artist Statement

My art springs from a deep longing to connect with a world where my presence has been limited. Creativity became my lifeline during two decades of battling an undiagnosed illness. Now, my work reflects a narrative of personal evolution and gratitude for being alive. Rooted in symbolism, through vibrant colors and living beings, it embodies a journey of rebirth and self-discovery.

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History

Solo Exhibitions

2024 Between The Serene & Unknowable, AFPA Gallery, FL
2023 Mysterium World · Stranger Factory · NM
2017 Retrospectivation · Out On A Limb Gallery · OR
2017 Mentorship Exhibit · Lincoln Gallery · OR
2017 Verge of Starlight · Starlight Lounge · OR
2013 Silence of Broken Ground · Pop Gallery · NM
2012 Our Souls Narritive · S. Carmody Gallery · STL MO
2012 Our Intrepid Discoveries · Articulated Gallery · CA
2011 Our Intrepid Delusion · Kayo Gallery ·  UT
2011 Film Noir · PHD Gallery, St Louis MO
2010 Our World of Reminiscence · Urban Art ·  IL
2009 Our Intimate Perception · Concrete Ocean Gallery · STL MO
2009 Our Forbidden Solution · Schmidt Art Center ·  IL
2008 Our Quiet Earthquake · Eclectix Gallery ·  CA
2007 Our Perfect Poison · The Ground Floor ·  IL
2006 Our Common Silence · Cummel’s Cafe · STL MO
2005 Our Human Error · The Ground Floor ·  IL
2004 Shades of Grey · Broadway Center For The Arts ·  IL

2/3 Person Exhibitions

2018 Gilded Bestiary · Inverarity Gallery · Scotland
2017 Aunia Kahn & M de Vena · Broadway Commerce Center · OR
2014 Intimate Dialogues · Pink Zeppelin Gallery · Germany
2014 3 Person Exhibition “Persona” · Bash Contemporary · CA
2014 Rough & Ready Sideshow · Bash Contemporary · CA
2011 Cross Contamination · Mad Art Gallery · MO
2004 Shades of Grey · Broadway Arts Center ·  IL

Curator/Juried

2023 Indomitable Spirit, Curio Gallery, Portugal
2022 Día de los Muertos · Maude Kerns · Eugene OR (Juried)
2013-2018 Alexi Era Gallery· St Louis MO/Eugene OR (Curated)
2014 Tarot Under Oath · Last Rites Gallery · New York NY (Curated)
2013 L’innamorato · The Potters Wife Gallery · Fort Wayne, IN (Curated)
2013 SCEEN · Gallery Altius · MO (Juried)
2013 Touched By Violence · Framations Gallery · MO (Curated)
2012 Moon Goddess · Modern Eden Gallery · San Francisco CA (Curated)
2010 Lowbrow Tarot Project · La Luz De Jesus · Los Angeles CA (Curated)
2008 Darkest Dreams a Lighted Way · Fort Gondo · St. Louis MO (Curated)
2006 The Beauty From Within · Art Dimensions · St. Louis MO (Curated)
2006 Art of Being a Woman · Art Dimensions · St. Louis MO (Curated)

Permanent Collections

Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL

Group Exhibitions

2024 The Tropics, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2024 Year of The Dragon, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2024 Woman, The Gallery at Lakeland, OH
2023 Life Love & Death, Art Collide
2023 Day Of The Dead, The Living Arts & Science Center, KY
2023 MASS, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2023 Fall Premer Group Show, The Common Well, ID
2023 Winter Salon XIII, Stranger Factory, NM
2023 Indomitable Spirit, Curio Gallery, Portugal
2023 Bewitching XIII, Stranger Factory, NM
2023 Divina Diosa, WomensWork, NY
2023 Los Vivos y Los Muertos, The Center for the Arts & Sciences, TX
2023 Bacchus, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2023 Día de los Muertos, Maude Kern Art Center, OR
2023 Art of PAWS & People by Purina, Gatsby Ballroom, MO
2023 Covers, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2023 Skulls & Skeletons in Art, Lakeland CC, OH
2023 Dark Tale Classics, Stranger Factory, NM
2023 Hospitality House’s Fundraiser, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2023 Infinite Horizons, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2022 Danse Macabre, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2022 Totem, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2022 Bewitching XI, Stranger Factory, NM
2022 Mighty, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2022 Animal Spirits and Lonely Hearts, Stranger Factory, NM
2022 Delicatessen, Cactus Gallery, CA
2022 Art of PAWS & People by Purina, Gatsby Ballroom, MO
2022 100 Trees, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2022 Dreams of Wonderland, Stranger Factory, NM
2022 WOMAN XV, Lakeland Gallery, OH
2022 Skull & Skeletons in Art VIII, Lakeland Gallery, OH
2021 Exchanging Eyes, Stranger Factory, NM
2021 Wishing You Were Here · Sally Centigrade Gallery · CA
2021 LORE, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2021 Sappy Birthday, Cactus Gallery, CA
2021 Bewitching XI, Stranger Factory, NM
2021 Día de los Muertos · Maude Kerns · Eugene OR
2021 Art of PAWS & People by Purina, Gatsby Ballroom, MO
2021 Skull & Skeletons in Art VII, Lakeland Gallery, OH
2021 The Art of Art, Modern Eden Gallery, CA
2021 WOMAN XIV, Lakeland Gallery, OH

For exhibition history from 2005-2021 – Please Email Me

Museum Exhibitions

2018 Art Gives Hope · Jordan Schnitzer Museum · Eugene OR
2017 Expressions (Sheltercare) · Jordan Schnitzer Museum · Eugene OR
2014 Choice Art · Contemporary Art Museum · Saint Louis MO
2011 Bodies of Waters · IMOCA · Indianapolis IN
2008 Ventipertrenta · IDCA · Italy
2007 49th International Awarded Exhibit · SDAI · San Diego CA
2007 Bi-Annual Artists Competition · Mitchell Museum · Mt. Vernon IL

Honors &

Awards

2023 October Feature Artist · The Art List
2020 Second Place · LASC’s Day of the Dead Exhibition · LASC · KY
2020 Patron’s Choice Award · LASC’s Day of the Dead Exhibition · LASC · KY
2017 1st Place in Digital Art · Mayors Art Show · Emerald Art Center · OR
2017 Judges Choice Award · Photozone · OR
2013 Apex Magazine Cover of the Year 2012 · Apex Magazine
2016 INK (Special Guest Artist) · Tangent Gallery · MI
2013 Honorable Mention · Photo Op · Saint Louis Artist Guild · MO
2012 1st Place in Digital · Art Gallery Altius · Saint Louis MO
2012 1st Self Portraiture · Gallery Altius · Saint Louis MO
2012 3rd Place in Show · Gallery Altius · Saint Louis MO
2012 3rd Place in Show · Beyond the Lens Gallery VII · Framations · STL MO
2009 Award of Excellence · Photographers Forum Magazine
2009 Awarded Solo Exhibit by Judges Vote · Bleeding Hearts Photo Contest · IL
2008 Peoples Choice Award · Ventipertrenta Juried Exhibition · Italy
2008 3rd Place Juried · Ventipertrenta Juried Exhibition · Italy
2008 Juried Calendar Winner · Altered Aesthetics · MN
2008 First Place · Missouri Alliance for Animals Legislation · MO
2008 Honor Awards (X2) · Reflect-Arts · NY
2007 Canson Inc. Award · St. Louis Artists’ Guild · MO
2007 Honor Award · Chico Art Center · CA
2007 People Choice Award · CPop Gallery · MI
2007 Art on Ltd Ed. Wine Bottles · Le Bourgeois Vineyard · MO
2006 Through the Looking Glass · Art Saint Louis Gallery · St. Louis MO
2006 3rd Place · Art Dimensions Gallery Woman’s Gallery · MO
2006 Honor Award · Art Saint Louis · MO
2006 Kiwanis Art Award Merit · Southwestern Illinois College · IL
2005 1st Place Graphics · Mitchell Museum · IL
2005 Top Award · St. Louis Artists’ Guild · MO

Current

Bibliography

Bird Stories · Kahn, A. · Auxilium Haus Publishing · Oct 2021
Disintegrating Stars · Kahn, A. · Auxilium Haus Publishing· Oct 2021
Witch’s Oracle 2nd Ed · Brooks, M. · Schiffer Publishing · 2019
XIII The Art of Aunia Kahn · Kahn, A. · Alexi Era Publishing · 2018
Witch’s Oracle · Brooks, M. · Schiffer Publishing · 2015
Avalanche of White Reason · Kahn, A. · Alexi Era Publishing · March 2015
Tarot Under Oath · Kahn, A., Moon, R. · Lokreign Publishing · 2015
Lowbrow Tarot Book & Deck · Kahn, A., Moon, R. · Schiffer Publishing · 2013
Inspirations for Survivors · Kahn, A., Moon, R. · Schiffer Publishing · 2012
Love Notes · Vagabondage Press · Poetry Feature · pp. 20 · Feb 2012
Dark Arts II · Barbera, N. · Sunbury Press · 2011
Silver Era Tarot · Kahn, A., Moon, R. · Schiffer Publishing · 2010
Max & The Siamese Twins · Stout, M. · 2009

Invited

Lectures & Panels

2020 Home Exhibition Panel · Woman Made Gallery · Chicago, IL
2020 Why Websites Are Important · Lane Connect · Eugene, OR
2019 Strategy for Building Visibility in the Arts · Hult Center · Eugene, OR
2019 Strategies for Building Visibility · RAIN · Eugene, OR
2019 Marketing & Art Promotion · Alexi Era Gallery · Eugene, OR
2018 The Art of Self Promotion · Alexi Era Gallery · Eugene, OR
2017 The Art of Promotion · Emerald Art Center · Springfield, OR
2014 Marketing & Art Promotion · Alexi Era Gallery · MO
2013 Marketing & Art Promotion · Alexi Era Gallery · MO
2012 The Art of Healing, Woman’s Caucus for The Arts, Saint Louis, MO
2012 The Art of Healing, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
2012 The Art of Healing, Scott Air Force Base, SAFB, IL
2012 The Art of Healing, Alexi Era Gallery, Saint Louis, MO
2012 The Art of Healing, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
2011 The Artist as the Modern Mythmaker, SLCC, STL, MO
2011 Being a Successful Artist · Spelman College, GA
2011 Marketing & Branding as an Artist · Spelman, GA
2010 Being a Successful Artist, Spelman College, GA
2010 Mental Health & Art Panel, Washington U School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
2010 Being a Successful Living Artist, SWIC, Granite City, IL
2010 Being a Successful Living Artist, SWIC, Belleville, IL
2010 Being a Successful Living Artist, SLCC, Saint Louis, MO
2010 Being a Successful Living Artist, McKendree University, Lebanon, IL
2009 Overcoming Adversity Through Art, Emory College, Atlanta, GA
2009 Artwork Slideshow, “The Vagina Monologues”, New Jersey Visual Arts, NJ
2009 Art as a Career & Web Design, SWIC, IL
2009 Art as a Career & Web Design, SWIC, IL
2009 Mental Health & Art Panel, Washington U School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
2009 Art as a Career & Web Design, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
2009 Art as a Career, Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL
2007 Children, Art & Technology, St. Raphael Middle School, MO
2006 Career Day “Designer & Artist”, Selvidge Middle School
2005 Art Mart, Saint Louis, MO