IT-RA is a collaboration of Kansas City Muralist Isaac Tapia and Rodrigo Alvarez. The Duo began working together in the summer of 2017, when they were commissioned two murals at the Richardson Early Learning Center.
Since then the artists have been commissioned to paint over 30 Murals in the KC metro area.Their diverse body of work is united by vibrant colors, evolving designs and themes that celebrate their communities and honor their identities as artists who migrated to the US at a very young age.
"We paint to celebrate our communities and honor the sacrifices of our families. Our murals combine brilliant colors and fantastical imagery to portray the importance of diversity and highlight everyones potential. with our art, we seek to help others recognize their ability to overcome any obstacle put in front of them; regardless of who they are, where they come from and what language they speak."
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Isaac Tapia moved to the United States in 2000 at the age of nine. He now resides in Kansas City, Kansas. He paints his surroundings that usually incorporate the people and events he connects with. Isaacgraduated from Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in 2010 and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute from 2010-2012. Some of his works include "Virgen de Luz," in 2011 at the Kansas City Art institute. Isaac was honored to have his first solo show in the summer of 2016 at Mattie Rhodes Art Center, titled "Soul of a Dancer".
Isaac can tell a story behind every person he paints. He works predominantly with oil, but also enjoys working with watercolors. Aside from the aforementioned interest in portraits, he also enjoys Plein Air on occasions.
Rodrigo Alvarez was born in Rivera, Uruguay in 1988, having lived most of his life in the state of Colonia he moved to Kansas City on October 29, 2002 meeting for the first time his paternal side of his family. He attended Paseo Academy Of Fine and Performing Arts in 2003 graduating May of 2007 and then later attended Metropolitan Community College 2008-2010, though not culminating his studies in the field of graphic design, the information furthered his interested in the field of Art.
Also known as “Rico” Rodrigo centers his work along organic natural figures into three dimensional metal sculptures show-casing the persistence and relentless nature of mother earth. Bending, melting, and bracing commonly used metals into harmonic organisms that portray the resiliency and power of nature.
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"