Photo by John Henley

Current/Upcoming Exhibitions:


"Cult of Meow IV" Group Exhibit at Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

*Opens September 12th, 2020

View Show Here: https://www.gristleartgallery.com/cult-of-meow-iv.html

"Cordial Creatures Portraits" Solo Show, Curly Tale Fine Arts, Chicago, IL

*Opens October 2nd, 2020

View Show Here: https://curlytalefineart.com/section/482039-Cassandra-Kim.html

"What Would Heironymus Do?" Group Show, The Secret Gallery, Astoria, Oregon

*Opens November 14th 2020-January 7th 2021


"Illuminating Lives" Collaborative Project with Wendy Umanoff, online art auction of hand painted sconce, 100% of the proceeds will go to charity

*Auction goes live last week November 2020 (more details to come) 

"The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing" Group Exhibit, SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair, Thinkspace Gallery,          Culver City, CA

*Opens December 1st- December 6th, 2020

"Trading Card Art Show IV" Group Exhibit at Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

*Opens December 12th, 2020

"Small Works" Virtual Group Exhibit at Glave Kocen Consulting, Richmond, Va

*Open January 3rd-February 3rd 2021

"Homeward Bound: Juried Triennial" Group Exhibit at Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Va

*Opens November 6th, 2021

 Artist Statement


By taking portraits from the past and replacing the people with animals, I seek to have my audience reconnect with the traditions of portraiture, spanning the centuries between the original and today. Juxtaposing an unexpected animal with the upper echelon of past society creates a visual paradox that inadvertently “humanizes” the portraiture, and often makes people smile. Implementing humor is essential in breaking down barriers.

I paint my portraits in acrylic and oil on masonite or canvas and work to reproduce the rich, lush colors reminiscent of classical portraiture. Each of my hand-chosen vintage or antique frames is a talisman to an imagined memory and provides inspiration and direction for the painting. The frame guides my research for the appropriate portrait as it creates the impression of an art movement or time period. The portraits then inspire brainstorming for the right animal to create the perfect portrait for each frame. The final product allows the audience to feel content as they reconnect with classic portraiture. They feel included, amused, and ultimately curious.



BFA in Communication Arts and Design with a focus in Illustration, from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2003)



Trader Joe Artist (2003-2016)

Self Employed Artist 2016-present



"Painting for the Puppies" Charity Auction,The Secret Gallery, Astoria, Oregon (July 2020)

John Henley "Artists" Group Exhibit  at Glave Kocen, Richmond VA

(June-July 2020)

"No Pants Required" Group Exhibit at Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

(May-July 2020)

"We Will Survive" Group Exhibit and Fundraiser at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA (May-June 2020)

"Knights and Monsters" Group Exhibit at Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

(May-July 2020)

"Bird of Paradise" Group Exhibit at Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (March-May 2020)

"From Me to You" Group Exhibit at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, Va.  

(Feb. 2020)

"Size Doesn't Matter" Group Exhibit at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, Va. (Jan. 2020)

“Under The Rafters: New Work by Cassandra Kim” solo show at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA (Nov 2019) 

 Current Art Fair, Group Exhibition, Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA (Oct. 2019)

“Configurations: a curatorial project” group show at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, Va (Sept. 2019) 

“Summer Splash” group show at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, Va (July-August 2019)

“Hear Me Roar” group show at Eclectic Gallery, London, England (Feb.- April 2019)

“Hung Juried” group show at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA (Mar. 2019)

“All Media Show” group show at Crossroads Art Center, Richmond, VA (Nov. 2018-Jan. 2019)



Chilkoot Trail Artist in Residence- Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park & Parks Canada Chilkoot Trail National Historical Site, Skagway, Alaska and Yukon, Canada 

(July 2013)



Trekell Pet Portrait Competition, Winner of the “The Greg Simkins Award” for Acrylic (Sept. 2019)

Pikchur Magazine: Blog featured Artist: “Replacing People with Animals in Classic Portraitures-Artist Cassandra Kim” (May 2019)


*represented by Glave Kocen Gallery

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