Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1989, Kelcie McQuaid spent her formative years working with local arts and cultural organizations, developing her skills while devoting herself to public service and the local art & music scene. She predominantly works in a highly stylized acrylic painting technique described as “Meta Pop-Art”, but includes illustration, printmaking, mixed media, installation, and murals in her daily practices. McQuaid graduated from Broward College with an Associates in Marketing Administration. When she isn’t painting in her studio in Fat Village or making Public Art, Kelcie is Curating Exhibitions and Consulting Art Organizations as Founder and Creative Director of ShangriLa Collective, a full service creative agency, marketing and event firm made up of over 500 creatives living in the Tri-County area.

Kelcie McQuaid has exhibited over 1000 artworks over the last ten years. She started ShangriLa Collective in 2012, and debuted as a professional artist with a prolific collection of 100 works on canvas during “Universe Expanding”, her first solo show in 2014. As her ambition drove her to the forefront of the local arts & culture scene, she refined her painting style and was honored with a public choice award for  “Best Emerging Artist” in Broward and Palm Beach County by Newtimes readers in 2015. Her artwork has since been featured in New Tropic, ArtHive, The Sun Sentinel and on the cover of PureHoney Magazine. Over the last few years, she has helped develop local art districts, managed public art projects, consulted on multi-media art festivals, and contributed to many group art exhibitions as an artist and curator.

In her spare time Kelcie enjoys making street art, playing music, and teaching various art techniques at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.