Kakes & Kanvas Inc. was founded by Kalia Gounden, with the bold dream of inspiring this beautiful world with her greatest passions, to promote love, positivity, creativity, & kindness.
K&K is an outlet for individuals to just “let go” of all the things that we sometimes let bring us down in today’s society, whether it be through receiving a Kake or other sweet confection, getting lost in Kalia’s pieces or attending a K&K Paint Night.
Kakes & Kanvas is Calgary based, however Kalia shares her passions with everyone she meets on her travels throughout the world. Once a Calgary Kakes & Kanvas store front is up and running, Kalia hopes to take this venture worldwide.
“The world needs more outlets that provide passion, inspiration, positivity, support and love. Through our Paint Nights, Kakes, & pieces we are able to provide a vessel to accomplish a life long moment that gives individuals true joy, and untainted self expression.”
Kalia Gounden has a unique style to her art, which has captivated several founding artists of The Art Box in Calgary, Alberta; which ultimately lead to her work being displayed for the grand opening in October 2013, and months after that.
Kalia’s use of colour and methods of self-expression are unreal, as they tend to have great effects on individuals; how they feel, think and process the piece. Kalia chooses
to leave it all on the canvas; as painting has become her outlet, and choice of expression. Each piece has a story of her journey ingrained in every brush stroke.
Kalia’s pieces are in homes across the globe. Several in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario; internationally, in the USA, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany,Hawaii, and Australia.
Kalia has been the youth coordinator of GCCA of Calgary (Guyana Canada Cultural Association) for several years, which ultimately her lead role in organizing their first a Paint Night/Gallery with the association, which many called a great success.
Kalia’s love for the arts and baking started at a young age, baking her first solo kake at of 6. Excelling at school/personal art projects, often having her artwork/projects showcased at the front office and/or outside the classroom. Throughout her life Kalia has strived to make this world a better place with her art and baking, to brighten individuals days in the slightest of ways.
Kalia has baked in kitchens across the world including, across Canada and the United States, Belize, Guyana, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, and Australia. Kalia baked with underprivileged children in Portugal, sharing her passion and love for baking with the youth of Cabacos.
Kalia’s passions have been to be the only constant through her life struggles. “Art is how I communicate my feelings, thoughts & pain, how I gain closure. If you want to know more about me, don’t just look at my art, see it, feel it.”
“My work consists of three major things, feelings, a story, & the hope to inspire, evoke and awaken change and a passion within. With every piece I create, there is a strong sense of emotion and feeling, my pieces are my journal, they represent my hardships and triumphs. It is such a blessing to see how my paintings affect individuals. Paint nights are another way I am able to share my passions with the world, I having the amazing privilege of meeting such amazing humans and get to witness them create something truly beautiful. I try to make it as family orientated, friendly, comfortable, and open as possible, we focus more on expressing yourself on the canvas. That way everyone is free express their true interpretations of the piece I teach them or whatever they choose to create. My favourite part is getting to see everyone’s artistic talent come to life, seeing them truly “let go” and just have fun. Creating can be therapeutic and helpful to those going through tough times, as it has proven to be for me and numerous others.
I strive to live life with a grateful, kind, honest, passionate heart, and choose to use my scars as motivation to preserver to be better, stronger, and bigger than whatever darkness has come, to grow and learn from those instances.
Something truly beautiful can come from pain, struggle and darkness, for it does not stay forever; explore it, feel it, express it. Love, accept, and embrace yourself for all you are, all you’ve been and all you’re yet to be and surround yourself with positivity, love, passion, and peace. You ARE beautiful. Stay humble, stay hungry.”
– K. Gounden
Kalia has proven she is a force to be reckoned with as her love for sharing her passions with the world only continue to grow stronger.