Juan Paolo is an artist that makes comical, beautiful art with the pen tool. He is also a talented photographer ,residing in California, he takes beautiful shots that encompass the Southern California lifestyle. His art keeps home decor light hearted and fun while being clean and simple. Check out the rest of this artwork exclusively at Kess InHouse.

Kess InHouse : Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get your start as an artist?

Juan Paolo : I’m an illustrator and photographer based in California. I have Asian parents and as a kid, I had two options: piano lessons or art classes. I chose the latter.


KIH : What is your first memory as an artist?

JP : In first grade, the local newspaper was holding a Halloween-themed art contest. My drawing was picked, featured in the paper, and I won $20. I never saw a dime of that money. It was probably put towards a Happy Meal.


KIH : What is your creative process?

JP : I really don’t have one. It all starts with an idea. Whether it be vector art, portrait photography, fashion photography, nature or lifestyle photography…have a vision in mind and work towards it.

KIH : What is your favorite part of the creative process?

JP : I love being able to see the progression in whatever it is I’m working on. From line art, then to the color process…or post processing photographs I’ve taken. It can be a long process but it’s still fun.



KIH : How did your relationship with Kess Inhouse begin?

JP : Another Kess InHouse artist told me to check them out. I gave them a look and the rest is history.

KIH : What is your favorite piece? How did you develop the composition?

JP : It may not be my absolute favorite, but  I’ll pick “First World Problems” the Crying Kim K. faces pattern, simply because it’s funny and it was a challenge when creating a vector from a low-res internet image.


KIH : What is your work space like?

JP : It’s very simple. It’s a desk with a Mac, and some drawing space, a coaster for my drink, notebook, and PANTONE books.

KIH : Why did you become an artist?

JP : I became an artist simply because it was something I love doing.


KIH : What inspires you?

JP : Anything and everything can and does inspire me. Sometimes I’ll see another piece of artwork or a photograph, and think “That’s way rad. I really need to step my game up.” I just try to keep an open mind.

KIH : What was it like to see your art on Kess Inhouse products for the first time?

JP : Seeing one of my photographs as something other than a print was something different. It was way rad. It basically showed me that the possibilities were endless and Kess InHouse makes that happen.

KIH : What artists inspire you to create your artwork?

JP : Other artists inspire me. I’m a big fan of Jeff Koons, Haruki Murakami, Derek Hess, Dabs Myla, Audrey Kawasaki, Poleta, Derek Sullivan, Paul Nicklen, Josh Henriquez, Andy Best, and so much more.


KIH :What are your top 5 favorite products offered by Kess Inhouse for your artwork?

JP :

  • Yoga Mats
  • Notebook
  • Coaster Sets
  • Throw Pillows
  • Canvas Prints

KIH : Would you recommend Kess Inhouse to other artists?

JP : Absolutely. Kess InHouse gives artists a totally different outlet where they can showcase their work on everyday products. Kess InHouse gives artists opportunities they may not be able to come across on their own. Kess InHouse is great for the artist community.