Fine Art Painter & Sculptor
Kahi Ching was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. A true child prodigy, he began drawing and painting at an early age. He was sponsored with art classes at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and studied alongside adults in his life drawing class. He was also enrolled in private studio lessons with instructor Larry Roberson. He sold his very first painting at age 11.
At age 16, Kahi entered his first art contest. He took second place at the Industrial Arts Fair with his first attempt at copper sculpting. Kahi took on many, if not all, of the art projects that came his way during school, including theater set painting working alongside Ron Bright. He was also the first student to paint two large-scale murals on the walls of Castle High School. At age 17, Kahi submitted 8 images to the 53rd Annual Scholastic Art Awards competition. He took home four gold keys and Best Portfolio at the State Level and was sent to New York to compete at the National Level. Kahi won a Hallmark Honor Prize for his pencil drawing entitled, "Curios" and a scholarship to Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco. He also attended The School of Holography, San Francisco.
Upon Kahi's return to the islands, he continued with his art and ventured into different fields, including construction, concrete furniture, jewelry, bonsai, and sign painting, all of which have contributed to his engineering of special art projects. Kahi faced occasional criticism for venturing into different venues of art -- painting, ceramics, and wood sculpting, just to name a few. He had a long-term battle within himself with the idea of conforming to the notion of conventional art and became conscious of the fact that creating art that comes from within himself is most meaningful to him as an artist rather than to please someone else (although if that someone else appreciates his vision, that's a bonus!). With that said, Kahi continues to challenge himself with new mediums in addition to mastering the primary, and that is simply Kahi's "style". He "disappeared" from the "art scene" and kept a low profile while continuing his signature pieces, which, for the most part, have not been on display until today.
With an entrepreneurial attitude and over 30 years as an artist, he created Kahi Gallery (2006), an extension of his own artistic and technical vision, a place where he can be an artist full time.
Kahi is a relative newcomer to the woodworking art world; however, he's taken his natural creative talents and created a style all his own.
Kahi is forging a path of his own in woodworking by combining traditional woodworking techniques with new, experimental ones. Taking his experience and talents from other forms of art media, he creates modern, organic woodwork. Each piece of artwork has its own story through a combination of its origin, history and inspiration.
Having only begun woodworking in 2007, Kahi has already garnered amazing feedback on his work including Honorable Mention Awards at the 2008 HFIA Hawaii's Woodshow at the Hawaii Convention Center and the 2009 HFIA Hawaii's Woodshow at the Academy Art Center. He also received a SFCA Recognition Award at the Hawaii Craftsmen's 41st Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition. The award-winning wood piece was purchased and is currently a part of the Hawaii State Art Museum collection.
Woodwork is available for purchase, but is in limited supply. Kahi is also available for commissioned pieces.
Bonsai Tree Rental
Let Kahi bring "living art" to your business, wedding or your next special event. Most people think of bonsai trees as the traditional small, potted plants. Kahi's bonsai trees range from 2 ft to 7 ft tall. You will be surprised by the size and detail in each tree. Each tree is unique and has its own story behind it. These living pieces of art will not only enhance any decor, but they will also become a topic of discussion for your guests.
Since each bonsai tree is different, rates will vary depending upon the tree selected and rental time. Every rental includes transportation to and from the location. Short-term rentals include an on-site attendant to watch and maintain the bonsai tree. Rental rates start at $300.
Please contact us for a private showing and rental rates. For the largest selection, contact us at least 3 months before your event so we have time to prepare your tree.
Call us at 808-561-1032 and ask for Kahi or Diana.
Hawaii Fine Art Scans
Need your fine artwork scanned into a digital file? Kahi Ching has top-of-the-line digital equipment to capture high-resolution digital scans of your fine art. You can use the scan to create copies of your artwork, such as gicleé prints. This is the same equipment Kahi uses to scan his own artwork to produce limited-edition gicleé prints of his work.
Uses for digital scans:
Making unlimited reproductions (gicleé prints) of your artwork
Making limited-edition gicleé prints
Digital backup copy of your art in case it gets damaged or lost
Digital copy so your artwork can be used for advertising or promotional purposes, such as in a brochure or shown on a website
Artwork scanning schedule:
Artwork Drop-off: Every 1st Wednesday of the month (9am to 1pm)
Scan pick-up: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (9am to 1pm)
Our Satisfaction Guarantee:
We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all our scans.
You will receive a 8 in. x 10 in. gicleé proof
If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your scan upon pickup, you owe us nothing.
And you receive a discount on prints of your scan when you print with us. Our professional Epson printer makes gallery-quality gicleé prints up to 42 inches wide.
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