My name is Kat Reeder and I am a Peruvian-American artist based in Honolulu, Hawaii. I have been a full-time artist since 2009. I’m represented by Lemonade Illustration Agency.
I grew up in Miami, Florida where art, music, and fashion from around the world inspired my bold style. My interest in tropical imagery and calendar girls began with Barbie Dolls, Disney Movies, Pin-Up Art and 70s Latina Glam.
I moved to Hawaii in 2009 with a dream of being a Graphic Designer. Being a creative busybody, I was always looking for opportunities to flex my artistic muscles via personal projects, freelance work, and connecting with artists. After attending events like the Haleiwa Arts Festival and Chinatown First Fridays, I discovered Hawaii’s vibrant art scene. Through encouraging conversations with local artists and gallery owners, I was inspired to exhibit my first works. My art caught the eye of the organizers of the Vans Women’s Triple Crown of Surfing and I was tapped to design the 2009 official poster. This amazing exposure allowed me to leave my "day job" to begin my career as a full-time artist.
My journey as an artist has taken me from Hawaii to Florida, and back to Hawaii again (with a few trips to Japan in between). Being back home in Hawaii has re-energized my work and vision for the future. My hope today is to contribute to the artistic fabric of Hawaii, its people, and support my fellow artists.