Born in New York, Kenneth Paul Esteves developed an early passion for the arts, which led him to later study at the Art Center in Los Angeles, CA. To this day, his painting styles express realism, pointillism, cubism, impressionism and abstract art.
Ken began drawing and painting in grade school, winning his first art competition at Barnsdall on Vermont in the fourth grade. Later on at Franklin High School near Ken's home on Mt. Washington, he won every prestigious award to be had in their Art Department. Ken attributes much of his artistic influence to his high school teacher, who guided him on his journey as an artist. He later went on to the newly founded Pasadena Art Center and LACC to study the fine arts. As an adult Ken spent time studying with UCLA's former professor Antoine Sabas, who was also a major influence on him.
As an artist, Ken has been lucky to have a variety of experiences that shaped his creative vision. When he was young, he and his family would travel with his father's band across the country watching them play in famous places such as The Apollo, The Orpheum, The Sands, and The Rumba Room. His father, Joe Loco, was one of the founding fathers of Latin Jazz, and his experiences with him completely immersed him in that world. Once they were settled in LA, Ken won many citywide contests, made a tremendous amount of valuable lifelong friendships, and keeps his Latin spirit young at heart through his artwork.
Ken gains much of his inspiration from true life experiences, music (mainly jazz), his father's legacy, his Provence, and his love of continually searching for something new and different. His main purpose is to capture the big picture of life into one scene, whether it be a band or people sharing a festive experience. Each image is a story of an actual event or a moment in time.
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