Born and raised in Pittsburg California, Kevin Pride loves to draw. Specifically, he loves to draw people. Kevin has been drawing and illustrating since his early childhood. “I can’t ever remember a time I wasn’t drawing,” remarks Kevin. In Jr.High, Kevin was into comics and developed and polished his skills by drawing and creating his own characters. He also sold custom cards, posters and pictures to his Jr. High classmates. Kevin carried that passion into De La Salle High School in 1992. While in High School, Kevin was commissioned by the school to paint murals on the stadium box office and in the boys baseball locker room. He also sold portraits to the schools athletes. Kevin also placed in several art contests and attended an 8-week Saturday program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 1995. After graduating from high school in 1996, Kevin decided to start his own business selling his art, “Pride Enterprises.”
Between 1997 and 2001 Kevin was extremely active in creating, displaying and selling his work. Kevin worked with the Pittsburg Arts Collaborative (PACO) from its creation in 1998 until 2001. While with the PACO, he hung his work in several of their gallery shows and taught art to aspiring young high school artists. In 1999, Kevin became the Art Director at the East County Boys and Girls Club where he taught art to kids between the ages of 6 and 18. In the same year, Kevin enrolled in Los Medanos Community College where he met a professor who would use his art for several projects around campus. In January of 1999, Kevin was a part of the USPS Black Heritage Malcolm X stamp unveiling in his home town, Pittsburg. He gave a short speech and presented Malcolm’s eldest daughter, Attalah Shabazz, with two portraits he drew of her father. In 2000, Kevin enrolled in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in the Illustration Program.
In addition to being a visual artist, Kevin is also a musician. He started making music in 1996 and formed the band JOMO in 1999. While studying art, Kevin and his band frequently performed publicly. After his separation from the band in 2008, Kevin started working on solo material. He successfully released his first self-published and digitally distributed solo album, “Music For the Soul.” In April of 2011, Kevin released his first full length solo studio album, “King of Hearts.” He then partnered with talent manager, Edie Okamoto, CEO of RioVida Networks. Together with Edie and her team, they are working on exciting projects for 2012 release that will feature both Kevin’s music and art.