Hailing from Saudi Arabia, Khaled Sharbatly also known as Kalex Art, has made Miami his new home recently launching Shalemar in the Magic City. Inspired by a family of artists, Miami’s rising art scene, and beautiful women, Kalex’s work focuses on the relationships between love, emotion, power, distance, and equality between men and women.We caught up with Kalex Art as part of our #MIAproject series.What is so inspiring about the Magic City’s art scene?
There are so many things that could inspire any type of artist in Miami. If I want to break it down into three main points they would be the people, the beach and the great weather. The combination of these three points where a multi-cultural society is put on a coastal city with so much enthusiasm and happiness the artistic side of these people would be brought to light and that is an inspiration on its own. When you wake up in the morning and see art in the restaurants, cafes, companies, your building, your school the street and everywhere you turn your eyes to. A type of joy is brought to life. And that is my main inspiration, to bring life to space and objects, by filling them with color and design.Can you tell us about your work, and why you focus on mostly relationships between love, emotion, power, distance, and equality between men and women?
I started painting in 2013 after a series of events in my personal life that made me see the distance between genders, races and cultures. I had decided to reflect these distances in my body of work. I believe that the human face is one of the most beautiful miracles of nature. I simply enjoy drawing and painting it.If you could pick any artist to work with, dead or alive, who would that be and why?
Without a doubt it would be Picasso. I believe that he is one of the most artists that influence my work. His perfection in the use of lines and portrayal of human features goes far beyond any artist in history.
Having worked all over the world in cities like Paris, why did you decide to call Miami your new home? What attracted you to move here?
I have started my career in Miami. I have never been inspired by any other city as much as I have been here. I moved to Miami for school and I plan to stay for a long time, because I love this city. I mean I love everything about it. Waking up in the morning and seeing the beautiful islands of Miami and the turquoise tint of the water surrounding them. While still having the same level of service and commodity as is provided anywhere else in the United States. It is truly a rare pearl among the countries in the world. It is truly my happy place.If you would like to purchase Kalex Art‘s paintings please visit his Official Page.