Photos by Tyler Curry, Chris Bogard, Michael Lawrence, and Tim King (respectively)


Clarione Gutierrez is an artist + designer from San Diego, CA. With 30 years of illustration & painting experience (and 20 years as a professional artist), Clarione now specializes in character design and illustration – incorporating his skills in graphic design to provide a mixed-media effect in his artwork.  Clarione combines his passion for comics, color, graphics, and fashion to create bold, stylized images that highlight the beauty in his subjects.

A lot of people discourage the ambition of being a professional artist. But in my case, art was the only thing people told me I should be doing.

Clarione currently performs as a live speed-painter in his own stage show that combines two of his favorite things: art & performing. While having performed on stages across the country (including Downtown Disney, the San Diego Zoo, Legoland CA, and The Lion King on Broadway), Clarione also likes to share his art with the community. He is very passionate about being active in the community and has been involved with several LGBT, Youth Outreach, and HIV/AIDS organizations, using his art to promote and support these causes.  His work has also been published in The Advocate Magazine, Huffington Post, HIV Equal Online, Dallas Voice, and several other online publications. In 2012, he was featured as a competing designer and winner on HGTV’s “White Room Challenge”. In 2014, he had the honor of performing with the Broadway cast of “The Lion King” at the 2014 Gypsy of the Year Awards (benefiting Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS). Clarione also published his first children’s book (in collaboration with author, Tyler Curry), “A Peacock Among Pigeons” (available on amazon.com).

No matter what I get my hands on, I don’t want to be just good at it – I want to be great.

Clarione is commissioned privately for his artwork and some of his art and murals can be seen in various locales throughout San Diego.


Be inspired. Be creative. Be great.



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