Artist of the Week: Kyle Palma

The SK Artist From Around the Globe

Some know Kyle Palma as the new kid from Hawaii, but there is much more than what meets the eye. Making art and skating have always been his passion. Palma’s love for his hobbies began way before he even knew South High School existed.

Kyle has been drawing for as long as he can remember. His exposure to art and skating was introduced to him in Hawaii, where he was born. At the age of 5, Kyle was already on the move, Living in Virginia, England, California, Rome, and Rhode Island. Kyle moved to Rhode Island last year at the age of 16.

Kyle prefers drawing with pencil and graphite because he feels it’s easy to manipulate unlike paint. In AP Art each student has to choose a concentration which will act as a theme throughout 12 different pieces in which they will eventually send to a board of judges. Palma’s love for skateboarding is his inspiration for all of his pieces and his concentration.

For Kyle’s AP concentration, he focuses on the “Shadows Cast By Skateboarders”. He draws very realistic skateboarders with accurate shadows and completes it with a more graphic background. Palma takes his passion for skating and incorporates it into his drawing.

Mrs. Saborio, teacher of the AP Art class believes, “Kyle has everything it takes to achieve greatness”, she says, “In anything he chooses to do in life”.

Kyle has big dreams for his future. “I would like to go to a 4-year college, hopefully RISD”, Palma states, “And I want to major in graphic design”.

Palma has such a passion for skateboarding that he wants to take his love for it and make it a career since he doesn’t believe in working at an average job. He wishes to design and create the graphics for a skate company, such as clothing, shoes, etc.

Kyle has multiple different inspirations for his works, but his biggest inspiration, he says, is competitiveness. Seeing other artists’ works makes him want to better himself and keep continuing to make art.

At Palma’s old school in Hawaii, there were art contests every week that Kyle would enter into. Atleast 1 or 2 of his pieces would win the contest every single week. Palma’s talent has carried him far throughout his life.

Current South Kingstown High School Senior Madison Holland, friend of Palma states, “Seeing Kyle’s work and being around him has inspired me more than most other people have. Being friends with him has helped me become an overall better artist.”

Kyle hasn’t only inspired the other art students, but also his friends and peers at school as well. Palma’s positive attitude and outlook on life will carry him and his artwork very far in his future.