About the Artist
Imagine coming home after another long day of stress, traffic, and work knowing that your own private sanctuary awaits you. Envision your children racing to their bedrooms – your son eager to tell his favorite sports heroes about his day; your daughter anxious to return to her enchanted forest, with wandering unicorns and a fire breathing dragon. See yourself shrugging off your tension amongst the tranquil clouds that magically open the confining walls of your bedroom into heaven.
What you imagine, you can have.
Curtis Stokes is an artist with more than two decades of experience in airbrush artwork and a variety of artistic mediums. By far, he is one of todays most talented and creative muralists. Curtis does not simply paint walls – he brings dreams to life. Whether he’s painting a star-studded sky, a lush green rainforest, or a luxurious wine cellar, he uses a versatile blend of artistic techniques to create custom murals on walls, ceilings, and everything in between. You won’t find another artist capable of making what isn’t real leap from the walls as if the very plaster and wood have been torn away to reveal a new world.
Every project Curtis takes on is a process of emotion, energy and enthusiasm. Hours are spent planning and working closely with his clients until the mural begins to form in his mind so that long before the first brush strokes touch plaster, Curtis has envisioned the client’s dream and can confidently ensure their creative ideas, no matter how bold, will magically be brought to life. Skilled in photography, graphic design, and vector art, he incorporates these modern digital mediums into the planning process to ensure the final product develops seamlessly. Then, the mural comes alive as he stencils, hand paints, faux paints, glazes, and airbrushes. His finished pieces end up miraculously transforming the atmosphere and depth of a room.
Attention to detail, composition, color, and texture is what makes Curtis Stokes work some of the most sought after in the nation. By incorporating a variety of artistic technics and even going as far as adding the clients existing objects and architecture to his work, Curtis has mastered Trompe-l’œil , the magical art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.
Hollywood has also taken notice of his expertise. In fact, ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has featured Curtis and his work on the show several times – including in the 2008 Emmy-nominated episode, “The Hughes Family.” Plus, he’s been featured on “Renovate My Family,” “Good Day LA,” “Kimora Lee – Life in the Fab Lane,” “Dress My Nest,” and “High Maintenance 90210.” Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner hired Curtis as an artist for several of his personal events, and commissioned him to paint a mural in the bedroom of one of his playmates. Other clients – including Steven Spielberg, Paris Hilton, Henry Winkler, Barry Bonds, Club Hakkasan (Las Vegas), and Palms Hotel – have trusted Curtis’s artistic ability in their own spaces too.
Passionate about art since age four, Curtis has made it his mission to master new skills and hone existing ones. His arsenal of abilities is unmatched in the industry – especially his custom techniques using glowing black light and fiber optics. Through a process he’s personally developed, he can transform rooms from day to night with the simple flip of a switch. A black light/fiber optics mural of the sky can be cloudy and serene during the day, and then transform into a nighttime scene studded with animated spiral galaxies, lightning, and shooting stars. It’s truly an awe-inspiring experience. Curtis has also turned mundane backyards into tropical paradises, mansions into celestial gatherings, and world-class nightclubs into monster-themed playgrounds.