Local artist has had his Chiefs artwork recognized by the NY Times

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As soon as the Chiefs enter the playoffs, there’s a local Kansas City sports artist who keeps a close eye on the competition.

There’s a good chance some of the iconic moments of the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens could end up on his canvas tomorrow.

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Anthony Oropeza started painting young Patrick Mahomes when he was just a rookie. His work is so impressive, that it ended up in the New York Times.

Now, six years later he’s working on a commissioned piece of Mahomes during the Super Bowl 57 victory.

A celebratory Travis Kelce graces the walls in his Overland Park studio, and a partially finished Andy Reid is propped up on the floor.

Oropeza says he has plenty of inspiration with Kansas City teams on the rise.

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“It’s non-stop. Whether it’s for the Chiefs, the Royals, the Current, Sporting KC it doesn’t stop,” said Oropeza.

“Right now I have the Andy Reid that I’m working on right now I have a Pacheco that’s floating around in my mind. And there’s four or five other pieces in there and it just never stops. I’m sure that’s normal for most creatives.”

Oropeza’s studio is located inside the InterUrban Arthouse in Overland Park. He splits his time between commissioned work and painting live for charity auctions in the metro. He will have many of his prints at Planet Comicon Kansas City coming up the first week of March.

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