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The Biography & Work of:
Kathie Olivas
Location: Tampa, FL
Web: miserychildren.com
Bio: Sugary treats, dichotomous dreamlands, the cute and the corrupted, all find their way into the brief calm before the rebellion that feature Kathie Olivas's series of characters known as the misery children.

The cast is inspired by early American portraiture that often depicted children as small adults in an idealized new land. The series focuses on imperfect characters that parallel this vision within their own sense of post-apocalyptic conformity, uniquely documenting their own stories in a mysterious brave new world. As children, they evoke a sense of temporality; childhood serves as a starting ground, a place where things begin. At the same time, children personify 'cuteness' as more of a representation of projected innocence. The comfort in this ideology comes into question when these sweet creatures have other ideas. Confronted with how to protect themselves, just how would they be able to adapt if they chose to be independent? Once isolated in to a war torn environment, they are forced to develop their own defense mechanisms.

The series focuses on the ambiguity and fleeting moments surrounding the uprising. The unapologetic anti-heroes guide us through the mysterious lands questionably untouched by human destruction. A minimalist haze fogs what could be the illusion of this dreamland or what could possibly be the reality of destruction and decay, and the now silent moments after complete and utter annihilation. Through these ever evolving portraits, our gentle guides take time out to document their evolving status and sophistication. The characters are meant to evoke a nostalgic reaction that reflects isolation, fear, and an uncertainty; yet, at the same time they serve as empowered alter egos. Their mutated limbs, empowered sidekicks, or improvised armor present a satirical look at how fear affects our sense of reality.

Kathie Olivas is a multi-media artist who resides in Tampa, FL and Albuquerque, NM. At 32, she has been featured in numerous galleries across the globe and is represented in the permanent collection at the Tampa Museum of Art. She received her bachelor's degree in visual arts from the University of South Florida and has been exhibiting her work since 1996. She recently published a book of her artwork with Murphy Design and released limited edition vinyl art toys with MINDstyle and Kidrobot.

  Currently available work:

Wandering Misfits - Individual Box   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Wandering Misfits - Individual Box

Artist:
Brandt Peters , Kathie Olivas

Medium:
vinyl

Size:
3.50in High

Those who wander are not lost! Check out the new mini series Wandering Misfits by the Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters...

$12.00


  Past work available at Rivet:

Toxico   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Toxico

Artist:
Brandt Peters , Kathie Olivas

Medium:
oil on cradled panel

Size:
18.00in Wide x 24.00in High

Original art for Rivet's 10/10 group exhibition...

Inquire with artist for pricing / availability.

Hazel   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Hazel

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
oils on canvas

Size:
18.00in Wide x 36.00in High

Original art from the Noxious Fumes 10/2008 opening...

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The Impersonator   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

The Impersonator

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
custom labbit, oils, epoxy resin

Size:
10.00in Wide

Original art from the 05/2008 exhibition, "Down The Bunny Hole"...

Inquire with artist for pricing / availability.

Scavengers series 1 individual box   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Scavengers series 1 individual box

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:

Size:
3.00in High

Scavengers series 1 blind box by Kathie Olivas...

$11.99

Scavengers series 1 case   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Scavengers series 1 case

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:

Size:
3.00in High

Scavengers series 1 blind box by Kathie Olivas...

$179.85

Scavenger series 2 individual box   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Scavenger series 2 individual box

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
vinyl

Size:
3.00in High

Scavengers series 2 blind box by Kathie Olivas...

$11.99

Ghost & Martyrs - Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Ghost & Martyrs - Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters

Artist:
Brandt Peters , Kathie Olivas

Medium:
hardcover, 221 pages

Size:
7.50in Wide x 9.00in High

Ghosts & Martyrs (or Martyrs & Ghosts), a collector's edition covering the work of Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters...

$40.00

Scavengers series 2 case   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Scavengers series 2 case

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
vinyl

Size:
3.00in High

Scavengers series 2 blind box by Kathie Olivas...

$179.85

Stationery Set Kathie Olivas   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

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Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
paper

Stationery Set Kathie Olivas The Swindlers...

$5.00

Creep   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Creep

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
epson archival ink on epson radiant white watercolor paper, signed and numbered

Size:
16.50in Wide x 13.00in High

Edition:
20

"Creep" by Kathie Olivas, epson archival ink on epson radiant white watercolor paper, signed and numbered, image size 10x14...

$75.00

Fallen Series: Nocturne   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Fallen Series: Nocturne

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
Epson archival ink on watercolor paper, signed and numbered

Size:
13.00in Wide x 19.00in High

Edition:
20

"Fallen Series: Nocturne" by Kathie Olivas, epson archival ink on watercolor paper, signed and numbered, image size 13x19...

$75.00

Midnight   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Midnight

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
epson archival ink on epson radiant white watercolor paper, signed and numbered

Size:
13.00in Wide x 19.00in High

Edition:
20

"Midnight" by Kathie Olivas, epson archival ink on epson radiant white watercolor paper, signed and numbered, image size 10x15...

$75.00

Blanca   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Blanca

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
epson archival ink on moab entrada natural watercolor paper, signed and numbered

Size:
17.00in Wide x 22.00in High

Edition:
25

"Blanca" by Kathie Olivas, epson archival ink on moab entrada natural watercolor paper, signed and numbered, image size 14x19...

$150.00

Feline   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Feline

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
Epson archival ink on moab entrada natural watercolor paper, signed and numbered

Size:
17.00in Wide x 22.00in High

Edition:
25

"Feline" by Kathie Olivas, epson archival ink on moab entrada natural watercolor paper, signed and numbered, image size 14x19...

$150.00

Restraint   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Restraint

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
Epson archival ink on fine line velvet art natural paper, signed and numbered

Size:
17.00in Wide x 22.00in High

Edition:
20

"Restraint" by Kathie Olivas, epson archival ink on fine line velvet art natural paper, signed and numbered, image size 14x19...

$150.00

Faithful   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Faithful

Artist:
Brandt Peters , Kathie Olivas

Medium:
giclee on watercolor paper, signed and numbered

Size:
17.00in Wide x 22.00in High

Edition:
20

"Faithful" by Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters...

$150.00

Hysteria   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Hysteria

Artist:
Brandt Peters , Kathie Olivas

Medium:
giclee on paper, signed and numbered

Size:
17.00in Wide x 17.00in High

Edition:
25

"Hysteria" by Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters, giclee on paper, signed and numbered, image size 14x14...

$75.00

The Desecrationists   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

The Desecrationists

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
Epson archival ink on fine line velvet art natural paper, signed and numbered

Size:
15.00in Wide x 22.00in High

Edition:
25

"The Desecrationists" by Kathie Olivas, epson archival ink on fine line velvet art natural paper, signed and numbered, image size 12x18...

$150.00

Hazel Study   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Hazel Study

Artist:
Kathie Olivas

Medium:
Epson archival inks on epson radiant white watercolor paper

Size:
12.00in Wide x 19.00in High

Edition:
20

"Hazel Study" by Kathie Olivas...

$75.00

Big Sal glitter smoke edition   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Big Sal glitter smoke edition

Artist:
Brandt Peters , Kathie Olivas

Medium:
vinyl

Size:
4.00in High

The newest edition of Big Sal, created by Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters and produced by Super 7...

$30.00

Big Sal purple edition   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Big Sal purple edition

Artist:
Brandt Peters , Kathie Olivas

Medium:
vinyl

Size:
4.00in High

San Diego Comic Con 2010 exclusive Big Sal...

$30.00

Monster Family Pack #3   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Monster Family Pack #3

Artist:
Brandt Peters , Kathie Olivas

Medium:
vinyl

Size:
4.00in High

San Diego Comic Con 2010 Exclusive Monster Pack #3 by Super 7 featuring figures by Big Sal, Garuru and Steven the Bat...

$65.00

Big Sal - Clear Green   Bookmark and Share Rivet Exhibition

Big Sal - Clear Green

Artist:
Brandt Peters , Kathie Olivas

Medium:
vinyl

Size:
4.00in High

Once again on the loose from the space-asylum, Big Sal is determined to blend into the party while plotting the next move, even if that means having a few green beverages along the way...

$30.00


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