There is a diary we try to hide in our desk drawers or under our pillows. Mine is open and written by my hands in charcoal and paint. I use my work to represent my thoughts and my emotions, whether they be eerie and unsettling or lighthearted and intimate. I give a voice to my interpersonal experiences. The figures I capture are an extension of myself and the people in my life. My simplified compositions paired with bold contrasts allow me to focus on the inner and outer workings of our minds and bodies. I build human connections and foster a relationship of empathy with the viewer. The tone of my work evolves as I do. It captures the movements and ideas that circle throughout the unpredictable nature that is life. And as everything continually shifts, I look back and reminisce.

Khira Frias is a visual artist based in Austin, TX. Born in California, she grew up in Dallas, TX and later left for Austin in 2019 to study art at The University of Texas. Having been raised in a family of painters, musicians, dancers, and actors, art and creative practices have been a consistent presence in Khira's life. Her practice involves a wide range of mediums, with her primary focus on painting and drawing. Her work mainly consists of naturalistic figures where she examines the elegance of the human body in relationship to interpersonal emotions. She depicts universal experiences from anxieties and heartbreak to love and self-assurance. She creates work inspired by her desire for expression and her empathy toward the human condition.


The Space In Between: Senior Art Exhibition
VAC Gallery
Department of Art and Art History
UT Austin

Halls and Walls Exhibitions
Department of Art and Art History
UT Austin

Plano Art Festival - Silent Auction