PREVIOUS participating artists
LaShanna April Cooper
Antigua | United States
April Cooper was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1985, to mother, Brenda Matthews (African-American), and father, Theron Charles (Antiguan). She began to have an interest in art shortly after elementary school. She bought my first sketchbook and haven't stopped since. Throughout her high school years she had many art teachers; but no one as persistent and encouraging as Michael Morris. "He was always there when I had a problem or to teach me a new genre of art. Luckily for me I had him for 4 periods of art my senior year, which made it clear that I was majoring in Art in college. So when I went to University of Maryland Eastern Shore I actually majored in Art Education.(smile)" It was there that she met Professors Harrington, Hudson Holt and Demanche, her new art team! "In addition to my team, Dr. Satchell my advisor, helped and supported my work. After college I started a family and continued producing artwork, now I am expanding my views and talents everyday. Currently living in Mercer County! Today I concentrate on acrylic paintings, and illustration of black woman with natural hair."
Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez
Puerto Rico | Dominica Republic
Caribbean New Yorker, father, Atheist on some days, Non Theist Agnostic on others, apostate, Leftest, Socialist, Agitator, Ethical Polyamorist, HS dropout, GED holder, Autodidact, Educator, Debater, white people fearing, all people loving, Queerish, Marijuana Advocating, Hip Hop, Sneaker, comic and sci-fi loving non Latino/a/x identifying Dominican Puerto Rican Interdisciplinary Artist born on a military base in North Carolina in 1976. Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez a.k.a FEEGZ, Figaro & Firo173 has exhibited taught and spoken in dozens of institutions nationally and internationally, Washington heights NYC since 84.
Rachel Jones is a self-taught visual artist and digital illustrator from Guyana, South America, who has been painting for the past two years. Her art represents her many expressions. She gains inspiration from the simplest of things around her to create a piece that can be interpreted in many different ways to the eyes of the beholder. She aspires to have her pieces more fully recognized on a global scale and hopes to one day take art shows on the road. Besides painting, she owns her own business; a t-shirt printing and costume jewelry designs store. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing poems and short stories and enjoying the natural beauties of the outdoor.
Jae Martin produces pieces that are far from the ordinary. Being influenced greatly by the graffiti art style, he incorporates it into his art to show its due respect. Jae completes most of his pieces in one day because he wants to capture what he was feeling at the moment. Using acrylics, sharpie oil markers, and spray paint on canvas and on anything he can get his hands on, Jae also uses his two cities as a major influence on his resourcefulness.
Kenya | India
Neha Mistry is a local Hindu artist, first generation American. Her parents are from Nyrobi, Kenya.
Trinidad & Tobago, Nigeria & Grenada
Tarilayefa Nanakumo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. There she earned her degrees in Fibers & Material Studies and in Painting. Using fiber and painting techniques, I explore the use of color combination, layering, mark-making, resists and repetition. Working mainly abstract, I use these methods to depict ideas of movement and rhythm.
Natoya Persaud was born in 1986 in South America, Guyana to young parents of Black, Amerindian, East Indian, Portuguese, and Caucasian descent.
Growing up in Guyana during a difficult time of racial upheaval between Blacks and Indo Guyanese, she found art as an outlet and a way to express herself. She studied the paintings in her mother’s craft store for inspiration and started sketching as a hobby.
She migrated to the United States at the age of 15 where she resided in Brooklyn. Her formal introduction to painting came during her High School years on a trip to an art store. Over the years she taught herself techniques on painting and has evolved focusing on abstracts and portraits.
Natoya studied marketing and fashion merchandising at Johnson and Wales and LIM. She has worked in the fashion industry for approximately 10 years. Focusing on perfecting her craft, she uses everyday experiences to inspire her art work. Daily experiences aids in perfecting and inspiring her riveting artwork.
Amber Nicole Williams
Amber Nicole Williams, visual artists, graduated from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design. A few years ago she began her profile series with black and white ink. Amber created these pieces at a time where she felt like everything was falling apart. The process of creating these pieces felt therapeutic. Each image is a visual representation of her thoughts, feelings, hopes, and promises. The first four black and white ink drawings of her series are entitled Metamorphosis because despite her struggles she knew that things would change. She has continued to expand her series and experiment with different mediums. She has added golden elements because looking back at her life, she sees how her life has changed from struggling to richness and understanding. More recently, Amber has added color to represent a new phase of her life. Amber hopes to continue building her series over time, and that the viewer of her pieces find their own peace as she has found hers.
Ariel Williams is an artist who was born and raised in New Jersey. It was her painting class and professors at Montclair State University that helped solidify her love of painting in oils as well as an appreciation for the painting process. Ariel Williams has successfully exhibited in several art shows in the tri-state area. Her work depicts her dreams and emotions through symbolism and is inspired by myths and nature. Each piece she creates is a visual representation of her thoughts and feelings used to express herself and connect on a deeper level with the viewers.
Deanna "Dee" Wolfe is a 21 year old Jamaican American figurative oil painter and designer from Bronx, New York City. Her current body of work showcases herself, along with other black women. Her work intends to capture the black experience while reflecting her experiences as a black woman in America. Through addressing themes such as autonomy, mental health, displacement, isolation and community. Her goal is to evoke the psychological states of contemplation and confrontation, through placement of the figure in surroundings that are meaningful in terms of nostalgia,unease or comfort. Ultimately Dee Wolfe seeks to represent the diversity within the black community in terms of nationality, personality, psychology, physicality and expression.
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