Teddy Kelly is an artist and illustrator whose life and designs are the product of converging cultural influences. Born in the US, grew up in Mazatlan, Mexico. He has been creating art since he could pick up a pen, drawing influence from both the Disney characters he’d see during childhood visits to the United States and his perspective of the immigrant-influenced culture of his hometown. Grew up immersed in the subculture of surfing and skateboarding, inspired from a young age by the skateboard art that defined this culture. Teddy moved to U.S. after high school in search of an education, and he was fortunate that he found a mentor and friend who taught him how to conceptualize his ideas.
While attending San Diego City College, Teddy was awarded an honorable mention for Illustration by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His work has been featured in international exhibitions alongside some fine and skate art icons who have also inspired him throughout his life.
Whether he’s creating the identify of a worldwide company or painting murals for personal projects, his inspiration comes from everyday life, his experiences with his surroundings. His art is how he shows that perspective, how he communicates and how he inspires others the way he’s been inspired throughout his life.
He lives by the mantra, “Follow the Bliss” and “Enjoy the Ride.”
Hotwheels, Vans, Paul Frank, ALDO Shoes, Outer Space Project, Woodward Skate Division, Saatchi & Saatchi / Toyota, LinkedIn, Mexico is the Shit / Fashion designer: Anuar Layon, XX Dos Equis, Live Nation, Patriot Management, Maverick / Guy Oseary, Sound Ventures / Ashton Kutcher, Oculus Rift VR / Facebook, Odd Future, Pernod Ricard, Red Bull, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Universal Music, Five Four, XLarge Clothing, U.S Alteration, FOX Animation Domination HD / Diystro /, Pepsi, Gensler, Volcom Clothing, Ambig Clothing, Remezcla, Riveting Entertainment / Warner Bros., New Balance, Ambig Clothing, Billabong x Vh1 behind the music x Taylor Guitars, Dim Mak Records / Steve Aoki, Chris Brown, Mike Posner / Sony Music, J Balvin/ Energia, Pacific Fest, Vive Latino, Angeles Azules, Jacobs Surfboard Hawaii.
"Vans Mural for Cal Jam" Oct 4th @ Glen Helen Regional Park, Ca.
"Toyota Collab for Outter Space Project" Sep 22-29, @ Terminal West, Atlanta, Ga.
"Mural Collab XX Dos Equis x MITS (Mexico is the Shit), Sep 13th, @ Remezcla, Brooklyn, Ny.
"Aldo Shoes Collab Mural" Jun 14th, @ Santa Monica, Ca.
"Hotwheels Collab Mural Tour" May 8-30th @ Tehachapi, Ca - Tahoe, Ca - Copper Co, Woodward, PA.
"Five Four Tee Collab Mural" Apr 24th, @ The Parlor, Melrose, LA.
"Barracuda's Mural" Mar 8th, @ Barracuda's Sea Food Bistro, Mazatlan, Mex.
"Tropico de Cancer" Group Show, Feb 10th, @ LL Gallery, Mexico City, Mex.
"Full Service Coffee Mural", Feb 19, @ Full Service Coffee Beverly, Los Angeles, Ca.
"Drinking Smoking and West Coasting", @ Thinktank Aug 19, Los Angeles, Ca.
"Vans U.S Open of Surfing", @ Huntington Beach, Ca. Jul 29th.
"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival" Apr 15-17, Coachella Valley, Ca.
"Air and Style", Feb 18-19, Los Angeles, Ca.
"A Better View" Winter Invitational Group Show @ Abv Gallery, Jan 28th, Atlanta, Ga.
"Never Not Workin" Solo Show @ Subtext Gallery Oct 15-Nov 12, San Diego, Ca.
"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival" April 15-17, Coachella Valley, Ca.
"A Better View" Group Show @ Abv Gallery, Apr 23, Atlanta, Ga.
"LA Art Show" Modern Contemporary Fine Art Show Truck Installation, Jan 27-31, Los Angeles, Ca.
"Chicken and Beer" Group Show @ Think Tank Art Gallery, Sep 17 , Los Angeles, Ca."The Coaster Show" La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Sep 4, Los Angeles, CA.
"The Art of Toys" Museum of Art and History, July 17, Lancaster, Ca.
"Conca x Teddy Kelly Print Release and Group exhibit" June 25, Hollywood, Ca.
"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival" April 10-12, Coachella Valley, Ca.
"The Intro" Group Show @ Exclave Gallery, April 3, Beverly Hills, Ca.
"Beer thirty" Group Show @ Fyfty 24pdx Gallery Upper Playground, April 2, Portland, Or.
"Chilled Air" Group Show @ Think Tank Art Gallery, June 21, Los Angeles, Ca.
"Vive Latino Music Festival" March 27-30, Mexico City, Mx.
“The season of Spring” Group Show @ Flower pepper Gallery, March 1st, Pasadena, Ca.
"Sabrosonico" Celebration exhibit Mexico’s alternative music and art colaboration (visuals) @ Hammer Museum at UCLA, March 21st, Los Angeles, Ca.
"Salad Days" Group Show @ Modern Alchemists Gallery, March 20th, Cardiff, Wales.
"One foot on a peel banana" Group Show @ Co-prosperity Sphere, November 22, Chicago, Ill.
"Decision Makers" @ Think tank gallery, August 8th 2013, Los Angeles, Ca.
"Tonight we fight" @ New Image Art Gallery June 22, Los angeles, Ca.
"CMYK" Human Pyramids Collective @ Hello Operator Gallery July 27th, Dublin Ireland.
"CMYK" Human Pyramids Collective @ STPLN/Annual Bowlriders, august 12th, Malmo Sweden.
"HP Collective X Vias subersivas" @ 17th century monastery Gallery June 7th, Mallorca Spain.
"CMYK" Human Pyramids Collective @ IKARA Gallery, June 7th, Barcelona, Spain.
"CMYK" Human Pyramids Collective @ Xvy art Gallery October 20th, Los Angeles, Ca.
Wolf Kill Sheep @ Xvy art & Desing Gallery, April 12, Los Angeles, Ca.
Ride Snowboards Showroom x Ambig July 1st, Denver, CO.
Society6 “SuperHeros” @ D-Structure gallery May 6th, San Francisco, Ca.
Criddles Group show @ Santa Monica Museum of Contemporary Art (SAMOCA)
TURQUOISE NOISE @ Curbside Gallery, Santa Ana, CA.
“Foreign Affairs”Human Pyramids Artist Collective @ ART4T Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.
Fresh Gallery/Boutique(Mural). Salt Lake city, Utha.
Matix Clothing - David Bowie Collective Art Show, Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA.
Human Pyramids group show. Ghettogloss Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.
Concreto 2, Octuber 28 @ Casa Lago Jose arreola, Mexico City, Mexico
Ping pong Paddle Show, Ambiguous Warehouse. Santa Ana, CA.
Chou Room(Mural). Guadalajara, Mexico.
Mercava Skate Artshow, Casa del Marino Gallery, Mazatlan Mexico.
Vice Versa, Light Gallery. Costa Mesa, CA.
Attraction Repulsion Machine, Gorilla Gallery. Santa Ana, CA.
De la Barracuda(Mural), Gallery/Boutique, Los Angeles, CA.
F-Bolko Gallery w/Ben Brough Guadalajara, Mexico.
Extension of you(Mural), The Pinch Gallery. Costa Mesa, CA.
Green Giants, Gorilla Gallery. Santa Ana, CA.
The Art of Teddy Kelly, Subtext Gallery, San Diego, CA.
Volcomics, Volcom tour exhibition. New York
Volcomics, Volcom tour exhibition. Los Angeles
Volcomics, Volcom tour exhibition. San Francisco
Volcomics, Volcom tour exhibition. London
Volcomics, Volcom tour exhibition. Tokio