Kristin Llamas

Kristin Llamas


K Llamas explores topics regarding social, political and historical chasms. Combining minimalism with symbolic realism, she creates what often appears to be floating still lifes. This depiction of historical events and current societal constructs can range from satirical, ironic, humorous, exaggerated or serious in tone. Her large scale oil paintings often incorporate three-dimensional elements such as sewn seams in the canvas or the addition of multimedia materials.

In addition to two-dimensional work, Llamas is heavily involved in community-responsive and interactive art that ranges from installations, collaborations, and symposiums. These project-based works are partnerships with husband Alfonso Llamas, and together they make up the husband and wife artist team, AK Llamas (

Llamas is represented by the Tinney Contemporary Gallery in Nashville, TN. Her work and collaborative installations have been shown in all 50 states as well as abroad in Rome, Italy, Athens, Greece, Neuchatel, Switzerland, and Paris, France.

Llamas’ work can be found in collections at the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN, and Taube Museum of Art, Minot, ND and has been written about in publications throughout the U.S. Her work was recently commissioned for a solo painting exhibition at the Parthenon Museum in Nashville and two large AK Llamas collaboration installations at the Nashville BNA International Airport, on view throughout the duration of 2014.

In 2008, Llamas moved to the Nashville area to live and work with her husband and 3 daughters.

For more info about me and my work, contact me by filling out the contact form.



2013 Tennessee State Museum, Permanant Collection, Nashville, TN

2013 Taube Museum of Art, Permanant Collection, Minot, ND

2011 Tennessee State Museum, TN, Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund Painting Collection

2010 Professional Development Support Grant, Tennessee State Arts Commission

2009 Professional Development Support Grant, Tennessee State Arts Commission

2007 National Society of Arts & Letters Award, Award for “Hush”

2006 Artist Enhancement Grant, Florida State Arts Commission

2005 Kennedy Promotions “Best Of Florida” award


Solo Exhibitions (Selected)

2013 “The Search for Arete,” Parthenon Museum, Nashville, TN (upcoming October 2013)

2013 America In Art, Mezzanine Gallery at the Viridian, Nashville, TN

2013 “Paper Portrait Lantern Installation,” Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN

2013 “America in Art,” Springfield Inn Gallery, Springfield, TN

2012 “Our Time Exhibition,” GJCC Gallery, Nashville, TN

2012 “The Nomadic Project: Beyond the Canvas” The Host Gallery, Mobile, AL

2011 “Lullaby and Awake,” GJCC Gallery, Nashville, TN

2010 “Madonna and Child,” GJCC Gallery, Nashville, TN

2010 “New Works of K. Llamas,” Hannah Davis Gallery, Memphis, TN

2009 January Featured Artist, State Street Gallery, Madison, WI

2008 Experience America Through Art, Homewood Studios, Minneapolis, MN

2008 The Nomadic Project, Minot Museum of Art, Minot, ND

2008 The Nomadic Project, Sioux Falls Empire Arts Council, Sioux Falls, SD

2008 Open America, Utah Artist Hands, Salt Lake City, UT

2007 The Nomadic Project, Journeyman Gallery, Naples, FL

2007 The Nomadic Project, The Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC


Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2013 Small Works Exhibition & Auction, Taube Museum of Art, Minot, ND

2013 “YOUnite Tour,” Galerie Quint-Essences, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (September 2013)

2013 “YOUnite Tour,” Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC

2010 White Christmas, The Host Gallery, Mobile, AL

2009 November Exhibition, Talents Studio, Springfield, TN

2009 Aiken Retrospective, Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC (Juried)

2007-2008 Aiken Retrospective 2008, Aiken Center of the Arts, Aiken, SC (Juried)

2006 Ramsay Art Museum, Honolulu, HI

2006 Whistler Museum of Art, Lowell, MA

2006 Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006 Aesthetic Eye, Chicago, IL

2006 Carla Schmidt Gallery, San Fransisco, CA

2006 American Fine Art, Dallas, TX

2006 June Exhibition, Art For Act Gallery, Fort Myers, FL

2004 Artemesia Gallery, Venice Florida

2002 Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida (Juried)

2001 The Shell Factory, Fort Myers, Florida (Juried)

2000 Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida

1998 Memorial Art Gallery Student Show, University of Rochester, Rochester NY


Public Projects

2014 Deaderick Street Installation with Tennessee State Museum *upcoming

2013 Nashville’s Largest Street Art Installation: Paper Portrait Lanterns, Nashville, TN

2012 YOUnite Tour Movement: A World YOUnited by Art

2007 The Nomadic Project: America United by Art



2012 Schwieger Family Portrait, Bavaria, Germany

2011 Isley Commission, “100 Reasons,” 36×24”, Fort Myers, FL

2010 Well’s Commission, “Bear,” 18×24”, Indianapolis, IN

2010 Cawood Commission, “Oz Tryptic,” 3×12”, Springfield, TN

2009 West Commission, “Tree Series,” three 10×10” canvases, Springfield, TN

2008 “Open America: Fifty States United Through Art,” Art and Journals of Kristin Abraham Llamas

2005 Edward’s Commission, 12×48’ indoor wall mural, Ft. Myers, FL

2005 Café Verona, 29×5’ indoor wall mural, Naples, FL

2005 10×60’ interior wall panoramic, private residence, Estoro FL

2005 First Christian Indoor mural, Collaboration with artist Cary diValentin

2004 Shrimp Shack, Collaboration with artist Cary diValentin, Ft. Myers, FL

2001 Whitford Commission, 10×8’ wall mural, Rochester, NY

1999 Livonia Senior High School Commission mural, Livonia, NY



The Tennessean, “Street art exhibit features 140 faces,” Nancy DeVille, Apr. 17, 2013

Nashville Arts Magazine, “Kristin Llamas: The Upside of INSIDE OUT,” Michelle Jones, April 2013

Nashville Arts Magazine, “Kristin Llamas: Our Time’, October 2012

News Channel 5, Talk of the Town, Art in the Park, October 5th, 2012

Nashville Arts Magazine, “Socrates and Art”, June 2012

The Mobile Press Register, ‘Nomadic Project’ artwork on view at Host Gallery,” Thomas B. Harrison, March, 11th 2012

The Observer, “April Exhibit at GJCC features two New York Artists,” March, 2009

The Tennessean, “One Couple, 13 Months, 50 states and paintings,” Michelle Jones, June 14th, 2009

Salt Lake Weekly: 5 Spot, “Artist Kristin Abraham and Musician Alfonso Llamas,” Jerre Wroble, June 12th, 2008

Salt Lake Tribune, “‘Nomadic’ Couple Paints Each State with Gusts of Wind, Slants of Light” Julie Checkoway, June 8th, 2008

15 Bytes, Exhibition Spotlight, “On the Road Again,”Shawn Rossiter, June 8th, 2008

Salt Lake Magazine, “The Nomadic Project Settles In,” June 4th, 2008

Naples News, Critics Pick “Experience America Through Art”, Sarah Feldberg, December 10th, 2007

The Aiken Standard, “Nomads Display Painting at Center”, Jeffrey Wallace, October 28th, 2007

The Aiken Standard, “The Canvases of Humanity”, Marti Healy, October 24th, 2007

The Aiken Standard, “Couple brings U.S. landscapes to Aiken Center for the Arts”, Rob Novit, October 21st, 2007

Star Bulletin, “Art project spans the nation”, December 27th, 2006

WORT-FM, Madison Wisconsin, “The 8 o’clock Buzz,” December 23, 2006

KY3 Springfield, MO, “The Nomadic Project”, NBC affiliate, December 21, 2006

The Providence Journal, “Nomadic Artists leave a painting in every state”, Bryan Rourke, December 21, 2006

East Bay Newspapers, “The Donovan Gallery Joins The Nomadic Project”, Tiverton, Rhode Island, December 21, 2006

New Hampshire Register, “‘Guilford Art Center lands a part in couple’s dream Nomadic Project”, Donna Doherty, December 17, 2006

Alexandria Times, “The Nomadic Project comes to Old Town”, Carla Branch, December 14, 2006

The Alexandria Gazette, “‘Nomadic Conculsions”, Greg Wyshynski, December 13, 2006

Fox 42 KPTM, “‘Two artists and fifty galleries connect the U.S. through art”, Community Correspondent, December 13, 2006

Texas Monthly, “The Nomadic Project,” Textalk Art, December 07, 2006

Art Ella Daily Muse, “Fifteen States Connected By Art,” Headline Story, August 30th 2006

Argus Leader, “Nomadic couple heads to 50 states to create,” Jay Kirschenmann, Sunday, August 20, 2006

News-Star, “Art Project Through States Going Strong,” Barbara Boxleitner, May 20th, 2006

Times Record, “Nomadic Project Comes To Town,” Pam Cloud, January 31st, 2006

The Chattanoogan, “Nomadic Project Headed For Chattanooga,” December 12th, 2005

The News-Press, “An Artist’s Journey,” Lifestyles, Barbara Boxleitner, November 11th, 2005