Aaron Ross is a Street Art / Muralist, Portrait Artist & Abstract Surreal Painter.
My artistic life has been a roller coaster. I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. From a very early age I was passionate about art. At age 4, my mom starting calling me Aaron Ross, the artist. However, public school teachers were always trying to change me into a “proper” artist but I was drawn to abstract surreal styles. Frequently, I would find trash along the railroad tracks and turn it into sculptures. My friends were my supporters who allowed me to express myself by painting on their bedroom walls. Nothing could stop me. Eventually, I was voted best artist at Lees Summit High School.
After high school and some life reflections, I moved to New York City for 5 years. I did club party flyers and designed/built three different club VIP rooms (one in the Hamptons). I met many successful artists & learned a lot in New York City. I returned to Kansas City when that adventure ended.
After returning to Kansas City, I started the first Pitch Weekly Crossroads Art show when the Pitch was located in the crossroads. Also, The Pitch selected me to represent them at the Kansas City Chalk Art Festival. I did a mandala which was chosen to be photographed for the festival calendar. During that time period, I worked on canvas paintings & did a couple small gallery shows. Then I really didn't know where to go with my art from there. My life was changing faster than I wanted it to change.
Those changes pushed me into getting a skill in Telecommunications to fall back on if my art didn’t make me a living. That skill ended up taking over 20+ years of my life. It felt like I was forced to have a "normal" job for all those years. However I did learn self management. The life of a road warrior allowed me to work in almost every state in the United States. In the middle of those 20 years, two wonderful creative daughters, Jade & Mazzi, came into my life. More than ever I wanted to show my daughters that you can fight for your dreams.
Out of nowhere my mother, Twylia & I decided to buy a 1928 commercial building on the outskirts of Kansas City & renovate it into a Gallery/ Event space called Vault Studios. It took us over two years to renovate this space & it was so much fun to do. Making my own flooring, lighting, wall textures, & my first spray paint murals on the outside of the building. My 40+ year old self asked, “WHY haven’t I done street art murals before!”. I love it!
Unfortunately, a year and half into the business Covid 19 hit. The event venue business was closed permanently.
Telecommunications was still there to help me out, BUT this time I was working to accumulate finances to support my new art business. Starting with designing street art murals & practicing with spray can paints to get back into my art again as a middle aged man. I have to become the artist I am suppose to be. So here I am Aaron Ross, the artist!
Stiff Goat Studio in Sibley, MO outside of Kansas City, MO
What I Do
I mainly work with acrylics, spray paint & really any paint that is given to me. I love to do large walls & large canvases. Recently started doing portraits with spray paint or acrylics & found out I'm pretty good at them. My murals are more planned out with sketches & layouts. Canvas paintings are more free flowing & never planned out. I love to find out what other people see in them and what it means to them. If you would like a mural or painting please visit the contact page & tell me about it!