Where it all started
Artsi came about with the desire of presenting art in accessible spaces to connect new audiences to experience something different. Art has a wonderful way of seeing the world through a different lense, to explore ideas, to challenge notions, and to better understand our part in it all. Art has the ability to move, inspire, provoke, and empower and we hope to create spaces for this to happen. It's our desire to expose local artists to local people who typically would not be found in the artistic scene.
We are excited for what's ahead!
With much excitement & enthusiasm,
Keila & Pradhan
Keila Pérez-Vega is a 2015 BFA University of the Arts graduate where she received extensive training in ballet, modern, jazz and improvisation. In 2012, Keila became a principal dancer at Eleone Dance Theatre where she remained for 3 years. Post-graduation, Keila settled in Philadelphia, worked as a freelance artist and was a part of Dance Iquail in its 2015 season. Thereafter, Keila has worked with numerous local artists in dance and photography including: Annielille Gavino/Malayaworks (PHL), 10HL Projects (NYC), Melissa Rector & dancers (PHL), ARTolerance (PHL) among others. Keila is now an active dance artist with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since August 2016. Outside of concert dance she is a passionate social latin dancer, instructor and performer, specializing in Salsa and Bachata. She is on staff a Marketing and Events Director Koresh Dance Company since 2016 and most recent coordinator at ARTolerance. Keila is the proud founder of Artsi.
Pradhan Sharma graduated from Rutgers University in 2015 with an M.S. in Biology and is a recent graduate of the University of the Sciences graduating with a M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. Although medicine has always been a passion for Pradhan, art has always had a close following. The love for art started when Pradhan began his relationship with a modern/contemporary dancer, Keila, in 2009. With exposure to numerous works of dance, theater, spoken word, musicians, and visual artists throughout the years, the ambition and appreciation grew. Pradhan believes that art has the ability to challenge thought and discussion through works that are provoking, controversial, and beautiful is one of the most important human attributes. He believes the reason why art has such power in society is its effect in inciting emotion from a person that can fundamentally change their attitude on any given situation in life. These are important qualities that drive Pradhan to help provide these artistic experiences to those old and new to art through Artsi. Pradhan is the proud co-founder of Artsi.