Kayla Danaye

"With the stylistic expressions of color and texture braided into the story telling traditions of the low country, The act of painting and creating transformed into advocacy inspired by the desire to emphasize the beauty, humanity and diversity in the experiences of Black women. While exploring my identity and the echos of my own trauma and its impact in my life I honor the nuances of my existence by creating a deeper narrative in efforts to give visibility to the intersection that is black womenhood."-

Kayla Danaye

Kayla Grayson, B.F.A. Fine Artist  

Kayla Grayson is a multi-disciplinary Artist and Designer born and raised in the heart of the LowCountry Beaufort, SC. During her developmental years Kayla indulged into many forms of art and design not limited to ceramics, printmaking, illustration and sewing. Her fascination with human faces and immersion in the traditions of the Gullah Geechee culture led her to concentrate more on expressions of culture and identity. Kayla began her painting journey in 2013.  Now, Grayson is a 2017  graduate of the illustrious Savannah State University ( Savannah, GA ) and is nearing the completion of her MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design also located in Savannah,GA.  

Kayla is the Owner and operator of Kayla Danaye Studios. KDG studios specializes in bringing out the YOU in your home. Inspired by the desire to tell your story and highlight your personal experiences Kayla creates pieces that turn your house into a Home. Her personal works are  inspired her mission to empower and advocate for the African Diaspora  by standing in the representation gap and creating products that highlight the magic in our diasporic experiences. These products vary from a selection of home goods, accessories and apparel.

Education

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Savannah State University, Bachelors of Fine Art ,2017

Savannah College of Art and Design, Masters of Fine Art,2022

Exhibitions

2022 Past Prescence

         Sulfur Studios, Savannah GA. (Juried Show)

2021 Savannah State University Alumni Showcase 

        Savannah State University Fine Arts Gallery, Savannah GA. (Juried)

2021 Mocha and Melainin

         Cleo the Gallery, Abode Studios, Savannah GA.

2018 Sound of the LowCountry

         Coastal Sound Gallery, Port Royal SC

2017  "Manifest"

          Senior Thesis Show  " Gestures of Injustice " 

          Savanah State University Fine Arts Gallery, November 8th 2017

2017 Church Art Show 

2016 National Alliance of Artist From Historically Black Colleges and Universities 

          Fayetteville University,Fayetteville ,NC

2016 Arts ob We people 20th Gullah Celebration

         Coastal Carolina Arts Center , Hilton Head Island ,SC

2015  National Alliance Of Artist from Historically Black Colleges and  Universities, “Afro-futurism” 

         Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley ,GA

2015  Art ob We People 18th  Gullah Celebration,

         Coastal Carolina Arts  Center, Hilton Head , SC

Residency

2022 Carter G. Woodson Musuem of African American Art         St. Petersburg, FL

Collections

Savannah State University , Fine Arts Department , Savannah, GA 
Savannah State University, University Archives, Savannah , GA