Kyler Pahang is a Filipino artist based on Duwamish Land. His art is focused on empowering, decolonizing, and celebrating cultures. He wants to reconnect back to his roots and does so by researching precolonial traditions and creating artworks based upon said research. Pahang is encouraging others in doing the same by depicting aspects of his cultures others are not familiar with.
His body of work exhibits large mixed media paintings that depict the colonized in the same position as their colonizers in order to expand others' views on overly exploited countries.
Pahang has a BA with Honors from the University of Washington. He is a Mary Gates Scholar and received the Hubs Directory award from his department. "Each year, a committee from the Husky Union Building (HUB) attends the BA and MA graduation exhibitions put on by the School of Arts. The committee then deliberates and selects a graduating student to receive the Director's Award, which means that one or more works by that student are purchased for the Hub Permanent Art Collection." -University of Washington
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