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.