Rolando Kallead as his character Moxie Mopp
Rolando Kallead is a visual and performance artist whose visual art is just as lively as his performance art. Donning the name Moxie Mopp, he entertains as a drag performer at Metro Entertainment Complex, and as a visual artist, Rolando lets the paintbrush dance across canvas to create offbeat individuals and abstract artworks. He often creates sketches mirroring the quirky style of his paintings. Rolando finds himself utilizing his artistic skills to develop interesting and eclectic personas, wardrobes, and scenery for Moxie Mopp to embody. Taking pride in both of his mediums, he makes it a priority to ensure they are both represented properly and that it is known that he is more than one type of artist.
How many people are really living their truth? Whatever that number may be, there is no question that Rolando is one of them. I met Rolando in 2017 and immediately learned of both of his mediums even though his physical, visual art is what captured my eye when meeting him with his art besties Gabriela Corley and Perla Reyes. A glimpse at his social media shows you into his world of amazing transformations, art, craftsmanship, and a variety of personalities he is able to portray. What I find most impressive is that he is able to flawlessly navigate between both mediums creating passionate performances and striking, large scale paintings.
On August 31st, there's a chance to see Rolando's character at work as he preforms at Metro Entertainment Complex in a show centered around popular teen movies. Rolando also looks forward to more art opportunities and shows showcasing both of his talents.
Describe your art in 5 words
My art is: colorful, stupid, surreal, referential, and evolving.
What inspires your style and characters? Does your performing art and visual art influence each other?
The inspiration behind my character Moxie Mopp, changes from look to look. I love 60’s-90’s fashion references with modern alterations and tons of color! I do my best to convey a story or concept through cohesive song choices and looks that are easily grasped by my audience. Like my physical art, every choice is made for a reason. My physical art also plays directly into my performance art; I have a number of performance pieces that incorporate my drawings, sketchbook paper, color choices, and so on. My whole aesthetic is based around being a colorful ball of energy! My performance and physical art ALWAYS inspire each other!
Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
I really enjoy the preparation both of my mediums require. For my physical art, I enjoy building and stretching my own canvases, mixing paint, laying paint down, and even covering it up! On the other hand with my performance art, I take pleasure in sewing my own outfits, styling wigs, and creating props. I take time to make my works and performances thought out and memorable. There's so much that goes into each creation that I’d be crazy if I did not love the process because it takes a lot of dedication and time!
Where do you get ideas for your performance art?
Honestly, any and everything can inspire me! Most of the time I reference things in my boy life or things that are happening in the world. Sometimes, I build ideas around shapes and silhouettes that I want to portray or even just color combinations. Currently, I’m really inspired by fancy goldfish. I range from performances with silly songs like Crazy Frogs’- Axel F where I pretend I’m on an invisible bike and jump around the bar to serious topics like inner turmoil, sex worker rights, and relationship issues. My pieces are always on extreme ends of the spectrum.
Among your works, which ones are your favorite? Why?
My favorite drag piece that I’ve done is when I portrayed a character named Caprice from the John Waters film “A Dirty Shame”. Performing as Caprice was the most grotesque, but, also the most glamorous I’ve ever felt. When it comes to my physical works, I have a painting that I incorporated my two best friends and boyfriend into. This piece is dear to me not only because of the people featured but I really love the way I used the colors and the composition of the painting.
What is your ultimate art career goal?
I would love to be the creator of a yearly art and drag festival in Jacksonville! As of now, I am building a following and making connections to help lead me to my goals. One day, I hope my efforts are rewarded with putting Jacksonville on the drag and art map! Being apart of Rupaul’s Drag Race would also be a great experience and I would be honored if I have that chance!
Imagine you are a new addition to a crayon box, what color would you be and why?
If I were a new color in a crayon box, I would be a newly formulated crayon that starts out clear, but changes colors as its being used. I’m always changing in my thoughts, ideas, and my outlook so it’s hard to pick just one color to be. I can see myself as any color!
Be sure to follow Rolando Kallead on Instagram at @roliho and learn more about his upcoming events and appearances as Moxie Mopp!