Kevin Hosseini began painting in 2003 when he was nine years old when introduced to art by a clinician, Colin, through the UCSB Koegel Autism Center. He quickly advanced from watercolors, to acrylic, to oil painting. Acrylic and oil are his preferred medium and he has a talent for mixing colors, and adding elements such as liquen impasto and liquen original to give depth and texture to his paintings. He also likes to use natural elements, such as sticks and dirt in his paintings. Kevin is a prolific artist and his art is on display in governmental and nonprofit offices in Santa Barbara and Sacramento, California. Currently 55 of his paintings are on display at the Koegel UCSB Autism Clinic. Kevin has been featured in newspaper articles across the United States and his art is featured on the cover of the Normal Films documentary ARTS (2009) and is on the cover of the book Raising Brendan – Creating Independence for Adult Kids with Autism & Special Needs. His art work has been featured in Jill Mullin’s book Drawing Autism (Mark Batty Publisher, 2009) and Debra Hosseini’s books Artism: The Art of Autism (Autism Today, 2011) and The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions (2012). He is part of the Art of Autism project.
Painting has given Kevin confidence and allowed him to express himself. He is influenced by a number of artists including Gerhard Richert, David Hocking, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Pablo Picasso. In 2006, when he was only eleven years old, Kevin won a scholarship from the John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts. In March, 2010 he won first prize in a juried Abstract show at 855 at the Arts Center in Carpinteria. He won several honorable mentions from the Arts Center in 2009.
In 2009, Kevin also won the CVS VSA Arts Award for young artists in California and was flown to Washington DC as the California representative for VSA Arts. In 2012, he returns to Washington D.C. in September as part of the VSA and Volkswagen America Group “Sustaining/Creating” exhibit at the S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian. His painting Train was on display at Union Station in Washington DC. In 2010, he was picked as a California finalist for VSA Arts. Two of his paintings are part of the traveling East Coast show Don’t Dis the Ability. In 2010 and 2012, he had a one-man show at Cate School Library in Carpinteria.