CAFAFAIR 2018 PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Carla Armour - Dominica
Carla Armour is a visual artist currently living in Brighton, England. After graduating from Parsons School of Design (NYC) in the 80’s she returned to her Caribbean Island, Dominica where she immersed herself in the island’s Art scene finding her message through abstract symbolism in mixed media paintings, fashion, Conceptual and Installation art, poetry and spoken word performances. Armour continues to work within her Lifelines series; employing tribal symbols and prehistoric glyph images and markings. Her current work ‘Resonance’ explores the use of ritual elements and sacred spaces and objects to imbed messages into her pieces. She has participated in shows and exhibitions over the years in the Caribbean, US, Europe & Namibia, some of which included the International Art Project ‘Women of the World, a global collection of Art’, submissions and readings for Literary Festivals, an International Artist Exchange, ‘Carambolage’ with 8 artists from Austria and Dominica.
Aziza – Antigua/Barbados
Aziza studied at the San Francisco Institute of Art, the University of California in Berkeley, and at Laney College in Oakland. A painter for over 30 years, Aziza’s exhibition credits include solo shows in conjunction with the US Information Service (USIS) in both Kabul, Afghanistan and Washington, DC. Aziza's paintings have also been shown at the US Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, the "Pro Arts" exhibit in Oakland, California, the "San Francisco Women Artists" shows in San Francisco, the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, and the National Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, as well as at numerous banks, clubs, studios and restaurants throughout the Caribbean. She is a member of Pro Arts in Oakland, SF Women Artists, the Barbados Arts Council, and the Antigua Artists Society.
Diogenes Ballester – Puerto Rico
Diogenes Ballester, visual artist, educator, and writer holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BFA from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He has taught as Professor of Art at The Cooper Union in New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz, the College of New Rochelle and The State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Ballester’s work explores oral history, memory, mythology, ritual, and cultural identity along a transnational spectrum. In recent exhibitions, he has appropriated cultural objects and historical artifacts together with painting, drawing, prints and new media as a way of accessing the past and re-interpreting the present in a trans-Caribbean dialogue. Ballester has received numerous honors for his artistic work and has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. His work is in numerous private and public collections.
Black Art Studios – Barbados
Kenneth “Black” Blackman
Kenneth Blackman’s early training as a carpenter is a natural precursor to his development as a sculptor. During the 1980s, Black embarked on a journey in search of his identity. He read books about his African heritage and took a closer look at the work of Barbadian artist. The music of Bob Marley touched his soul and the work of Grafton Woodpecker (a fellow sculptor) inspired his hands to creativity. Black does not talk much about his technique, but he has stated that his subjects derive from early life experiences and the people around him. He uses his work to comment on social issues and to make statements reflecting his cultural heritage. He is a firm believer in peer group support and he believes that artist should present a united professional front. A true patriot and regionalist, Black is of the opinion that Barbadian and Caribbean art can hold their own in any part of the world. He also believes that there is a Caribbean art style identifiable by its use of colour and light. This award-winning artist stands tall on the local scene. That his work can be found in private collections all over the world attest to the growing recognition he enjoys, an honour he richly deserves.
Barbadian artist and curator Oneka Small was born to a family of creatives. In 1991 she gained a Barbados Exhibition scholarship with an A in art under the tutalege of artist Nick Whittle. Oneka attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and while taking foundation courses in art she graduated with a Bachelors of Design in Environmental Planning before returning home to Barbados. Oneka worked in the environment field professionally and continued her art on the side. Art was however always in her heart so when the Curator of the Barbados Gallery of Art asked Oneka to work for them she left the environmental field and returned professionally to art at the administrative and curatorial level. Since then Oneka has traveled across Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Thailand, and China in her quest for cultural knowledge. In 2002 she completed a Masters in Museum and exhibition design at the Hull School of Architecture, returning to Barbados to build her business and home life with husband Kenneth “Black” Blackman and son Shaka. It was during the period 2011- 2013 that Oneka developed her own style of painting. Heavily encouraged and influenced by Black and his belief in her. In 2012 Oneka and Black represented Barbados at the 2012 Olympic Games-ARTs and Culture. Her piece was called ‘My Prayer’. In 2013 Oneka received a Best in Show award for ‘I Give Thanks’ during the National Culture Foundation’s Crop Over exhibition. Oneka has produced and sold numerous pieces during her life to date and her work can be found in private collections locally and internationally.
Nicolle Blackwood - Jamaica
Nicolle Blackwood discovered her passion for drawing at the early age of eight. This passion was nurtured during her high school years, during which time she earned several awards and wide recognition. Born into a family of artists, Blackwood was inspired by her uncle renowned Jamaican artist Paul Blackwood, who encouraged her to pursue her passion. Ms. Blackwood entered the Edna Manley College where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Art degree. Since then Nicolle has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. She is also the creative director of the fashion line Nicolle Nish, based in Kingston, Jamaica.
Patricia Brintle - Haiti
Self-taught artist Patricia Brintle was born in Haiti and immigrated to the United States in 1964. Although she has made the U.S. her residence, her colorful style reflects her native land. Her works on the Holocaust are on permanent display at the Holocaust Center of Temple Judea in New York and are used as teaching tools for visitors. One of her religious works, The First Mother, travelled with the Black Madonna Exhibit which made its debut at the famed National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York and toured museums throughout the United States. One of her paintings hangs in the permanent collection of Albert Schweitzer Institute in Hamden, Connecticut, and her images have been published in both secular and religious periodicals.
Gharan Burton - Dominica
Gharan Burton is an academically trained artist who resides in the US most of the year but spends winter months in the Caribbean. Born and raised in Dominica, Gharan attended college in the US where his studies focused mostly on painting and sculpture. He enjoys painting the figure, still lives, landscapes and abstract experimental works. Vibrant colors inspired by his island upbringing, dominate Gharan's paintings. He also employs various techniques of pigment application and layering in order to create texture in his work. A true renaissance man at heart, Gharan is also currently a landscaper, in the upstate NY region of Plattsburgh. A strong connection to the land has also inspired Gharan to embark on a cocoa project, to grow cocoa on family land in order to someday start a chocolate business. Gharan's sculptures range from very small table top pieces and wall hangings to large scale outdoor works. Whether landscaping or planting fields of cocoa in Dominica, the artist’s eye and hand are ever present in Gharan's work.
Shadrach Burton - Dominica
Born October 1986, Shadrach Burton is a visual artist from Wotten Waven, Dominica. His older brother Gharan, along with his father David, are artists also, and this was a key factor in his art collection currently dating back to 1994. After being introduced to Earl Etienne and Ellingsworth Moses in the year 2000, he was participating in exhibitions at the age of 13 and has since stacked up over 50 exhibitions including 6 solo art shows. He recently graduated with a master’s degree in fine art after studying for 7 years in Hangzhou, China. Before going to pursue studies in China, in 2007, Shadrach majored in Biology and Physics and even taught high school biology for 3 years. He currently produces art using a style that is influenced by nature, music, pop culture, social commentary and his odd sense of humor.
Luckner Candio – FOSAJ - Haiti
The goal of FOSAJ is to empower people through art and culture. FOSAJ is located in Jacmel, Haiti, a coastal city on the Southern coast of Haiti known for its artistic excellence in painting, literature, music. Some world-renowned artists have come from Jacmel: writer René Depestre, poet Charles Moravia, drummer Ti Paris, and painters Paleus Vital, Prefete Duffaut, Luce Turnier, to name a few. FOSAJ was very much affected by the January 12, 2010 earthquake. It’s much dedicated director, Flo McGarrell, was killed during the earthquake together with some of their working partners. The current director is Prince Luc (Luckner Candio), one of the first graduating students from the school of painting. Prince Luc and his colleagues have joined efforts with previous artists in residence (their teachers), friends of FOSAJ, the international artistic community and organizations together with FOSAJ founders have started many initiatives to help with the reconstruction of the centre, the replenishment of art materials and the return to the foundation activities.
Cher Antoinette Corbin – Barbados
This Barbadian daughter is a mother of two, a forensic scientist and is a multiple silver and bronze award winner at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA). An Honors Graduate in Chemistry from UWI Cave Hill Campus, in 1989 Cher gained the position of being the first Forensic Scientist in Barbados having achieved her Masters in Forensic Science from Kings College, University of London. She has since had a long and rewarding career in the field and is presently the Director of the Forensic Sciences Centre, Office of the Attorney General. An accomplished visual artist and author, Cher’s works have been published in St. Somewhere Online Literary Journal, Blackberry:The Magazine, and in four anthologies – Bamboo Press –‘She Sex’, The National Cultural Foundation’s – ‘Winning Words’, “She Speaks – Woman’s Journal” and ‘Senseisha’ – An Anthology on the sensuality of the Barbadian Woman. In December 2013, Cher self-published an anthology of poetry called MY SOUL CRIES and in 2014 VIRTUALIS – The Love Story and VIRTUALIS – The Anthology. Her primary media for visual art is Watercolor and she has been exploring Pen/Ink & WC Wash. Her latest self published anthology “Architects of Destiny” was launched at CaFA Fair Barbados 2015.
Easton Davy – Jamaica
A graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, this son of immigrants from the island of Nevis has made his mark in the worlds of art and jazz with his expressive line drawings and paintings which music fans will recognize from album/CD covers for many of the world’s great jazz artists. He has collaborated with musicians on both sides of the Atlantic to create spontaneous works of art at major jazz festivals such as Newport Jazz, Rhode Island, USA, and North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam, the Netherlands where he has been featured visual artist. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Netherlands, while his images have been commissioned by the National Basketball Association and Bravo Television Network as well as major records labels such as Blue Note. Musical luminaries such as George Clinton among others collect his work.
Minna Dunn – Barbados
Minna Dunn was born and raised on Long Island in a household with Barbadian roots. Dunn’s affair with art started as a collector and after meeting master artist Frank Frazier in 1992, she started a career as an art dealer. Over the last eight years with extensive exposure to artists from across the globe and with the mentoring of noted Brazilian painter Ernani Silva, Dunn has been inspired to explore her creative side. The outcome has been a body of art using acrylic paint and mixed media collage on paper. Women’s clothing, sisterhood and unity have been the themes often seen in her artwork.
Earl Darius Etienne – Dominica
Born in Massacre, on the west coast of the island of Dominica and currently living in Mahaut, Earl received training at the Jamaica School of Art, now the Edna Manley School of Visual Arts. Etienne is known for his trademark technique called bouzaille or flambeau, a method of using a carbon flame to apply forms to canvas. Although he likes to say, he works primarily at "Self-Government," he has managed to extend himself into many areas in service to his fledgling nation and presently works as senior cultural officer, painter / coordinator of events / curator/ carnival costume designer / art graphic consultant/ set designer / founding member of associations related to preservation and cultural awareness of historical and architectural heritage.
Marlon Forrester - Guyana
A Guyanese born graduate of both Yale School of Art and The School of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Forrester uses mixed media; painting, collage, installation and performance to manifest his vision of the world. His current body of work explores how signs, symbols, and rituals found within the game of basketball function to contextualize the black male body through the lens of pop culture, media, and race.
Carl E. Hazlewood – Guyana
Carl E. Hazlewood was born in Guyana and currently lives in Brooklyn New York. He has been an exhibiting artist since childhood and is today not only an acclaimed artist but a much- respected writer and curator. An honors graduate of Pratt Institute and Hunter College – CUNY, Mr. Hazlewood received further post graduate training at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Brooklyn Museum Art School. The co-founder of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ, he has taught at New Jersey City University and other institutions. Currently associate editor for Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, (Duke University) he has written for many other periodicals, including Flash Art International, ART PAPERS Magazine, and NY Arts Magazine. Since 1984 he has organized numerous curatorial projects for Aljira such as ’Modern Life’ (co-curated with Okwui Enwezor). Hazlewood’s project, ‘Current Identities, Recent Painting in the United States,’ was the US prize-winning representation at the ‘Bienal International de Pintura,’ Cuenca, Ecuador 1994. As an Independent curator he has organized exhibitions for The Nathan Cummings Foundation, NY; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Hallwalls, NY; Artists Space, NY; P.S.122, NY, among other venues.
Ras Ilix Heartman – Barbados
Ras Ilix Heartman, wood sculptor and farmer, was born in Barbados. His first international exposure was at the Third Havana Biennial in Cuba which was followed by the “In The Spirit Festival" at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, Since then his work has been exhibited at numerous exhibitions in Barbados and in the U.S. His sculpture Melchizedek was awarded "Best In Show" at the 1997 Black History Month Exhibition held at New York’s Hintersteiner Gallery in Washington Heights. His 2012 one man show received critical acclaim at the Queen’s Park Gallery in Barbados.
Bernard Stanley Hoyes - Jamaica
Bernard Hoyes lives and works in Palm Springs, California. However, his career in art began at an early age in Kingston, Jamaica when he enrolled at he Institute of Jamaica, Junior Art Center. At fifteen he moved to New York City to continue his academic and artistic endeavors. Classes at the Art Students League introduced him to the art scene in N.Y.C. He continued his studies at Vermont Academy, in Saxton River, VT and in 1974, he received a B.F.A. in Painting from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Hoyes is particularly known for a body of work that recalls his Afro-Caribbean roots, specifically the rituals of African Spirituality and Christianity. This is a body of work that has earned him awards of excellence internationally. Hoyes has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the globe. He has created murals in the inner city of Los Angeles, CA, has curated exhibitions and served on the board of the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles. His works have been featured in numerous television and film productions, and collected internationally.
Denae Howard – Panama
Nae Howard is a Brooklyn native who is currently bi-coastal working on her MFA at CalARTS. She strives to make engaging imagery that are instances of the American Black experience. As an interdisciplinary artist, her practice examines constructs of societies views of beauty and politics in regards to the surface tensions of America within media. Her work explores the revitalization and ownership of black culture by black people. She studies colors established by pop-cultural icons in new media, reflexive ideologies in photographic portraiture, and visual disparities as a result of systemic racism, classism and gender binaries. Employing a strong background in printmaking and graphic design, her work critiques the politics of skin. Understanding the power of images, I create paintings, collages, music and animated Gif.s that evoke notions of conscious and unconscious concepts conceived through racist views that allow alternative narratives of blackness. Nae’s work illustrates all factors of the “cool” and societies consumer behavior of blackness. Currently her “Consume Us” series questions the importance of imagery in a social context and the notions of significant images such as “pop icons” in mass culture.
Loraine Klaiber - Suriname
After being introduced to calligraphy in elementary school she developed an affinity for this ancient fine art and has become proficient at it. Her book, a collection of original poems, will be released spring 2018 in the Caribbean!
Hedy Klineman – Barbados/USA
Born in Hamburg, Germany and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Hedy Klineman graduated from Cooper Union, NYC, where she encountered the maximalist, full canvas Abstract Expressionism that has shaped her style. Hedy’s works have been exhibited at the Whitney, Rubin, Hood, Tibet House and Vizcaya Museums, among others, and she has enjoyed solos exhibitions at the Bridgewater Lustberg Gallery, Benrimon Contemporary, Dorothy Blau and Vered Modern, as well as internationally. Her work has been inspired in recent years by the ethereal figure of the Buddha further infused by the creative nourishment provided by her winter sojourns in Barbados. When the USA elected its first African American President in 2007-08, Hedy became fascinated with the spirituality of another place, Africa, and the masks of Gabon and the Ivory Coast. These common threads of spirituality combine the sublime and every-day, the personal and political, as well as bear a strong influence on the many enchanting phases of Hedy’s career.
Lisa Mona - Barbados
Lisa Mona was born in Barbados with a diverse cultural background which has fashioned her artwork in an eclectic way. Her body of work is influenced by the beauty of simplicity itself, nature’s colors and its organic shapes. She expresses herself through photography, jewelry design and abstract paintings. Her professional training was acquired at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida and Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. She has instructed numerous classes in various art mediums and has presented her photography at several exhibits and galleries within the United States. Lisa Mona's artistic goal is to document life's everyday occasions in a creative way. “Often people are looking for beauty elsewhere and its right before their eyes.” Through her photography Lisa Mona strives to show that people and places of the world hold a natural beauty no matter what their circumstances are. “Beauty can always be found when looked at it with the non-critical eyes and a new perspective.” Lisa Mona believes her images will educate all people that, “no matter how different they are…all life matters and is to be valued.”
Ademola Olugebefola – US Virgin Islands
Dr. Ademola Olugebefola began his professional career as a bassist, playing with several small ensembles throughout the New York metropolitan area during the late 50s and early 60s. In the late 60’s he turned his creative energies to the visual arts and frequently incorporates musical ideas and theories in his extensive body of work. Over the past four decades, Olugebefola’s works have been included in hundreds of exhibitions at major American museums, universities and cultural institutions internationally. Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, he has lectured and participated in forums at universities, museums and cultural institutions in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. He is a highly respected cultural activist and renowned Harlem artist whose art and career papers are in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Hatch Billops Archives, Howard University, and scores of other well-respected American institutions.
Sian Pampellonne – Barbados/Trinidad & Tobago
Sian Pampellonne is a Trinidad-born artist and a resident of Barbados. Coming from a family deeply connected to the process of creativity in a variety of disciplines, she studied art at the Barbados Community College gaining a further wealth of its' intricacies under the tutelage of her grandfather, Gordon Parkinson, whose body of work is well-known to collectors. Entering the world of Mass Communication, Sian now owns a very successful Advertising Studio, Sian In Design Inc. An avid art collector, she rekindled her love of painting a year ago, purely as an outlet for self-expression. Using Acrylics on canvas and mixed media, Sian is able to convey her feelings through a freedom of hand and brush that unleashes vibrant colours onto canvas extricating at the same time deep feelings from her subjects that leave the admirer delving into their own interpretation of the bold art she has produced - the main reason her pieces have found themselves in the homes of art collectors internationally in such a short space of time. An artist to watch, her creations show a fresh interpretation of painting while expressing a signature style.
Junior Parris – Barbados
Junior Parris lives and breathes art. Born in Barbados, he is resident in Paris, France, and Barbados. In addition to being a professional visual artist, Parris also represents artists from the Diaspora who are based in France and exhibits their work in Barbados and beyond. Over the years he has perfected a romantic realism which renders his own paintings with an ethereal quality almost reminiscent of the old masters. His works have been exhibited in the Caribbean, Europe, and the USA.
Sade Payne – Barbados
Be bold Create Be Raw is the slogan of the young up and coming Barbadian artist Sade` Payne. Her paintings illustrate breathtaking land and seascapes sceneries fusing between both worlds of fantasy and reality. Though having completed the Associate Degree in Fine Arts Program at the Barbados Community College in 2015 Sade` claims to be a self-taught artist. The emerging artist uses social media networks to market herself and to make connections with other business associates. Her use of social media privileged her to discover and work as a production intern at the 2016 Caribbean Art Fair, which was held at the Divi SouthWinds Resort. That opportunity gained her experience of how to become an art curator and also allowed her a chance to interact with well-known, established artists from the Caribbean. Since then Sade has exhibited in numerous exhibitions as her artistic style continuously grows.
Gail Pounder-Speede - Barbados
Gail Pounder Speede’s paintings, prints and installations have gained her increasing notice in her native Barbados, as well as abroad. Since graduating with her Bachelors in Fine Art Degree from the Barbados Community College she has completed post graduate studies at the University of Leicester, UK. Pounder-Speede’s work has been showcased in notable exhibitions in Barbados, The United States, England, France, Belgium and in Suriname as part of a Barbados contingent to CARIFESTA. Her creations are expressive and idiosyncratic, and are further enhanced by her multimedia skills. Her artist statement reads in part, “my pieces relate to each other, forming an environmental installation: a soft passionate painful journey into the heart of a life. The art may exist on its own for it will have its own story, yet the pilgrimages create a scrap book of travels. The journey continues with each new horizon.”
Steve Reid - Barbados
Steve Reid is a University of the West Indies trained agriculturist who has worked within the agricultural and financial services sectors for over two decades. Pottery making, however, has always appealed to his creative spirit and was brought to light in the early ’90s with displays at the Bridgetown Market and at the Barbados Crop Over Festival. His work often shows plant life and natural features of his environment, and embodies an ancient spirit in a unique, contemporary style.
Arlette St. Hill - Barbados
Arlette St. Hill was born in Barbados and is a graduate of the Barbados Community College, Erdiston Teacher’s College, The Jamaica School of Art, and the Teachers’ Technical Training Institute, Madras - India. Arlette has a degree in Art education, diploma in Curriculum Design and the Development of Instructional Materials and certificates in Multimedia Production and Educational Text Book Publishing. Her artwork explores a variety of mediums and techniques which include acrylics, oil pastel, markers, pen and ink, print making and collage. Arlette exhibits frequently in Barbados, and has also exhibited in Kingston, Jamaica; Boston, Washington, New York, North Carolina and Miami, USA; London, England and Paris, France.
Amanda Trought Springer – Barbados
“My interests lie in the use of art, texture and colour within the health, community and corporate setting. I have exhibited widely in the UK, both solo and group work. More recently working on the use of sculpture, collage work, poetry and altered art. As an Artist, I am keen to explore how art and creativity can be used in different settings, and how we use creative expression as a means of communication. I am very interested in colour and texture and use a variety of techniques and mediums in creating images. I have worked extensively with the elderly with dementia and look at ways in which we can find ways for them to explore their creativity in a relaxed and un-judged environment.”
Jorge A. Valdes – Cuba
Jorge A. Valdes, JAVA, is a self-taught Cuban American artist, living in New York since 1992. Born in Santiago de Cuba in 1956, he began creating art as a teenager. The use of found objects & broken china in his work traces back to his native country during a period when supplies were scarce as a response to to a reality that transcended scarcity in a world where neither abundance nor scarcity can express enough the need of awareness towards a planet which requires all our attention as the only world we can exist. Over time, his use of recyclable materials became a passion and an identity that marks his work. In 1992, JAVA moved to Miami and subsequently created a series of found object sculptures that was shown in Atmosphere Gallery in Miami Beach. Leaving unclaimed whatever was not sold, he quickly relocated to NYC where he continued creating art while completing his Masters in Education at Columbia University in 1997. In addition to his incursion as a visual artist, he has published poetry in "Not Black & White" (Plain View Press, 1996) and in specialized magazines. During his career in teaching, the artist continued his passion with art. JAVA's art has been featured in various galleries and exhibits in Italy, Cuba and the USA. He currently resides in South Bronx, New York and is active in creating public art projects and teaching workshops for local youth in addition to continuing his work in the studio.
Alfred Weekes – Barbados
Alfred Weekes has been creating wire sculptures since the 1970s and his work has been exhibited widely throughout the Caribbean and North America. In 1993 Mr. Weekes was judged BEST IN SHOW at the 1993 Manchester Art Association show in Manchester, Connecticut. In August 1998, Mr. Weekes' first one-man exhibition, “In Person", consisting entirely of colorful relief sculptures, received critical acclaim at Brooklyn Moon Café in New York City. His technique has continued to evolve and his sculpture has become almost painterly in rendition. Mr. Weekes’ work is held in private collections throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and the U.S.
“Price of Memory” Curated by Niama Safia Sandy – USA – Independent Curator
A Consequential Collective - Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico
Pepe Coronado – Dominican Republic – Creative Director
Pepe Coronado was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and currently resides in New York City. Coronado was master printer for Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, Maryland; the Hand Print Workshop International in Alexandria, Virginia; and the Serie Print Project in Austin, Texas. He has been a visiting artist at Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles, and currently a resident teaching artist at the Hudson River Museum in New York. Coronado has taught printmaking at the Corcoran College of Art, Georgetown University, and at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where he earned the Master of Fine Arts. Pepe’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in New York, Washington DC, Dominican Republic, Portugal, and Mexico; in both galleries and cultural institutions. Coronado’s work is in many collections including Smithsonian American Art Museum, CUNY Dominican studies Institute, The City College of NYC, El Museo el Barrio, the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, Georgetown University, Lauinger Memorial Library of Rare Books and Prints Collection, the Library of Congress, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Federal Board of Governors Art Collection, District of Columbia Government: Arts and Humanities Commission, El Paso Museum of Art and Mexico-Arte Museum.
Roger Bonair-Agard- Trinidad & Tobago
Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad & Tobago and Brooklyn, a Cave Canem fellow, and author of four full length collections of poetry, tarnish & masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books/Peepal Tree Press, 2010) and Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013), which was long listed for the National Book Award, and won the Society of Midland Authors Award for Poetry 2013, and Where Brooklyn At?! (2016 Willow Books/Aquarius Press). Writer-in-Residence at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, Roger is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, co-founder of NYC’s LouderARTS Project, founding member of NYC’s Vision Into Art, creator and facilitator of The Baldwin Protocols: an arts based intervention and Reading Series and front man for the band Miyamoto is Black Enough. He has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and been featured at universities and literary festivals throughout the world. Among the places his poetry and prose have been published are Rattapallax, Louisville University Review, Union Station Magazine, Harvard Review Online, Gulf Coast, Academy of American Poets – Poem a Day, Drunken Boat, Poetry Magazine Online, Callaloo, Apex Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, and in several anthologies. He is Program Director with Free Write Arts & Literacy at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. He lives and works in Chicago and New York City. He parents Uma, Nina and Arima.
Keshav Chandradath Singh – Trinidad & Tobago
Keshav is 1/2 of duo Jus Now, who combine UK Dance Music with Trinidadian Soca. Jus Now is a production and performance outfit that have played at numerous festivals in Europe and the rest of the world such as Glastonbury, Winter Music Conference, VH1 Festival in India, and the Carnivals of Toronto, Miami, London and Trinidad. They are best known in the Caribbean for their Soca productions for artists like Bunji Garlin, Machel Montano, Beenie Man & 3Canal. They created the Laventille Rhythm Section sample library with Indigisounds and strongly utilize traditional Trinbagonian percussive elements in their productions. They are currently signed to 2TE/Warner, with their first single on the label out now featuring Jamaican singer Busy Signal.
Andrea Chung - Trinidad & Tobago/Jamaica
Andrea Chung explores themes of labor and materials and their relationships with post-colonial countries. Chung is interested in the imbued histories that materials carry and how they also carry with them the stories of human transmission and the long lasting effects of colonialism on tropical ‘post-colonial’ societies such as the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. She received a BFA at Parsons School of Design and a MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Chung has participated in several residencies including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Headlands, Vermont Studio Center, the McColl Center for Visual Arts and the Joan Mitchell Center. Chung was the recipient of a 2008 -2009 Fulbright Scholarship, 2014 Art Matters Grant and 2014 Joan Mitchell Award. Her work has been published in ARC, Small Axe, Harvard’s Transitions and Representations and the Huffington Post. Andrea Chung has exhibited nationally and internationally in institutions such as Syracuse University, McColl Center for Visual Arts, National Gallery of Jamaica, Arthouse, Medulla Gallery in Trinidad, apexart, Deutsche Bank, MoCADA, Royal West of England Academy, Punkt Ø F 15 in Norway and the 2017 Jamaican Biennial. Chung debuted her first solo museum show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in May 2017. She currently lives and works in San Diego, CA
William Ellis - Barbados
William “GoodWill” Ellis is an experience curator, DJ, digital marketer, event planner, art director and above all else, an artist. He fuses his love of community, music and art to create visceral experiences for his audiences and clients. These events range from curating exhibitions at art galleries, multisensory museum experiences, online campaigns, destination retreats, private functions and live music performances. With deep Caribbean ancestry, William was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York but his creative influences span the globe. A myriad of influences inspire his unique ability to blend various genres of art forms and mediums, which cohesively form a universally accessible but eclectic style. GoodWill leverages his twenty-five years of experience in multi-disciplined art forms to conceptualize, organize, promote and design marketing elements for events. He has created memories for domestic and international audiences alike including the American Black Film Festival in Miami and the Independence Day Celebration in Portugal. He has founded a number of institutional experiences including Tunnel Vision, a monthly cultural celebration in DUMBO NYC and Brooklyn Magic, a music and arts festival powered by the 46 year running International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn NY. He is also the Founder and Co-CEO of Pure Magic, an event coordination company which produces everything from festivals to corporate gatherings. William is currently an Experience Curator at the Black Gotham Experience.
Jelsen Lee Innocent - Haiti
Jelsen Lee Innocent (NYC, 1983) is a Haitian-American conceptual artist whose studio practice investigates perceived boundaries, the deceptive capacity of familiarity, and the prominence of racial formation. Jelsen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Through a reductive approach to tactility and use of color, Innocent’s sculptures, videos and installations present rigid objects brooding with emotional competency that intend to confront and contort perception & bias.
Innocent has exhibited across the United States and internationally. Notably, he was artist in residence as part of 49° Grenzüberschreitungen Festival "Future Ports of Entry" at Iwalewahaus Bayreuth, Germany and most recently an exhibiting artist at The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Adam Patterson - Barbados
Adam Patterson is a Barbadian visual artist and writer based in Barbados and London. He completed his BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2017. His work emerges from imagining strategies of resistance in the face of neo-colonial encounters and desires that affect Barbados and the Caribbean region. Regarding the processes by which ‘paradise’ shapes the Caribbean, the artist is invested in subverting the lens and language of such, in service to the region’s self-image. His work has been exhibited at Tate Exchange at Tate Modern and Camden Arts Centre, London. His work was also included in “Sonic Soundings / Venice Trajectories,” a sound art project coordinated with the Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. He has contributed to panel presentations at the “Caribbean Diasporic Dialogues” conferences at Goldsmiths University and the British Library.
“Diaspora Dialogue V” – special exhibit of Global Diaspora Artists
Khuumba Ama - USA
Khuumba Ama was born in Savannah, Georgia, and spread her wings in Harlem, USA. There she learned spiritual ways of expressing her energy through natural art forms. She is a full time multi-media artist of original and one-of-a-kind creations. When her energy is not consumed into her crafts, she extends herself as a Teaching Artist and Mentor to assist children in self-esteem workshop, using arts & crafts as her tool to connect with them. She recently designed a program to help seniors who are challenged with symptoms of Alzheimer and/or Dementia. Khuumba’s work has been sold and exhibited at galleries, libraries, hospitals, churches, fairs, museums, private gatherings and in the shops of Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens in New York; as well as, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, & Georgia - USA; Trinidad, Grenada, The US/British Virgin Islands, Brazil and Africa.
Ross Browne – USA
Ross Browne studied Communication Art and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University
and Photography at The Corcoran School of the Arts. He is also an alumnus of The Miller
School of Albemarle, Charlottesville, Virginia. He has taught art and design for inner city
and at risk youth for the Fresh Air Fund of N.Y.C, Weed and Seed, Project Ready and Art 180
of Richmond, VA. He was also an instructor for the Resident Associate Program at The
Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. During his tenure as the Art Specialist for the VCU
Health System, Ross practiced art therapy for and taught art to his various patients with an
emphasis on pediatric hematology/oncology, infectious disease and brain injury patients. He is
also an illustrator and graphic designer with a long and varied list of clientele. Ross continues to
paint and write out of his studio in Richmond, Virginia. In a review of the exhibition Art Fusion in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Special Correspondent, CeCe Bullard wrote; "Browne, always
intense and direct, explores the many faces of the American experience in a variety of media,
each of which he uses effectively." S. Ross Browne is the recipient of numerous awards and
honors, and has been featured in various local and national media. His work has been acquired
by the internationally recognized Virginia Museum of Fine Art and is in the collection of
international, national and local institutions.
Sadikisha Collier – USA
Ms. Sadikisha Saundra Collier is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn N.Y. Sadikisha is a multi-media artist, but is primarily known and recognized as a Master printmaker. Her work ranges from prints, painting, collage, computer graphics, and stained glass. She also expresses herself through video editing and fashion design. Sadikisha has a Master’s in Education from Cambridge College in Boston, Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Museum and Gallery management Certificate from California College of Arts and Crafts. Collier’s work is in the collection of the late Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes, The Honorable David Dinkins, The Honorable Councilman Al Vann, Whitney Houston, Carver Bank, Thelonious Monk Jr., Valerie Bell-Bey, and a host of others. Sadikisha has exhibited with such notable artists as Jacob Lawrence, Tom Feelings, Otto Neals, Bob Blackburn, Ernest Crichlow, Ann Tanksley, Ted Gunn, Vincent Smith, Varnette Honeywood and many others. President of the oldest African American art fair in NY, Fulton Art Fair 2011-2014 Her work has been sold at Sotheby’s auction house. Collier is a Producer at BCAT Cable network and her artwork has been featured on the hit show “New York Undercover.”
Stephanie Kiah – USA
Stephanie Kiah is an American portrait painter and assemblage artist currently residing in the Washington D.C. area. Her work seeks to encourage the hearts and honor the beauty of black people within the Diaspora. She graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Norfolk State University in 2009. Kiah also completed field studies at the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas as well as at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., and served as an intern at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. Her first solo gallery show exhibited at ARTs East New York Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Kiah's works have been a part of group shows and events across the United States and are part of private collections across the U.S., as well as within Nigeria. Some of her more notable collectors are actress Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) and Charles Allen (son of Eugene Allen, the man whose life inspired the movie The Butler.) Her art has also been exhibited at the Pfizer World Headquarters in New York City, the historic Hampton University Museum in Hampton, VA, and has been a part of the permanent collection of the Singletary Art Gallery & African Art Museum in Portsmouth, VA since 2008.
Dindga McCannon – USA
Dindga McCannon was born and raised in Harlem, N.Y. She began her artistic career at age 16 and has been making art for over five decades. She has worn many artistic hats during that time-painter, printmaker, muralist, wearable art designer, author, illustrator, quilter, mixed media artist. She mixes and combines combinations of these media into what she describes as Art Quilts. Ms. McCannon has taught in schools, shelters, other alternative venues as well as teaching out of her studio. She is one of the founding members of “Where We At, Black Women Artists” the first African American Women Artists Collective (1971-2000). She is also a lifelong member of the Weusi Artist's Collective. She has exhibited at galleries throughout the US and also at the American Craft Museum, the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian, American Folk Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. Her work is in the collections of the Johnson Publishing Co., the Disney Corp., Proctor and Gamble and the Brooklyn Museum.
Ba Djibril Ngawa - Mauritania
Djibril has exhibited extensively at galleries and institutions in NY City and internationally in his native Mauritania, Benin, and Eragny, France. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His creations have received several awards in the US as well as Mauritania, and can be found in many private and institutional collections. This is his statement: “My art is a reflection of being raised in a pastoral nomadic community in Mauritania, Africa. I create freely while traveling on this endless journey of searching, learning and discovering the unknown; the mystic. The past, the present and the future come together as one. I view this experience as a bridge that links the cultural heritage of my nomadic - pastoral traditions with the contemporary artistic expressions that I later learned while living in Brooklyn, New York. I express myself in different ways through: painting, photography, drawing and the written word. I continue retracing my personal experiences through the work that I create and conclude that the “one humanity” is the common cord.”
Ernani Silva – Brazil
Ernani Silva, artist, curator, educator and mentor was born in the hills outside of Rio de Janeiro. At four years of age he picked up the pencil, pen and natural fruit juices and applied them to paper, he has not stopped painting since. He had his first gallery showing in 1969. He also introduced painting as an alternative to violence for youth in the hills of Rio. Ernani is known for his freedom of expression and use of strong vibrant colors that move across the paper as if the figures were dancing or playing a musical instrument. He speaks several different languages and is passionate about art and art history. The language he speaks best is with his brush or with the paint applied directly from the tube to the canvas. In keeping with his commitment to his collectors, Ernani’s works are all originals on paper, wood or canvas. In 2014 he celebrated forty-five years of exhibiting his original work in the United States.
Danny Simmons – USA
Danny Simmons, Jr., is an American abstract painter from Queens, NY, who coined his particular style of painting as “neo-African Abstract Expressionism.” His talent and passion for the arts reaches beyond the canvas; he is a published author, poet, painter and art philanthropist. The New York Times, in reviewing one of his art exhibitions, stated that Simmons “injects freshness” into his abstracts, and that they are “meticulously rendered and decoratively impressive.” Today, his works appear in prominent locales around the globe, including: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, Deutsche Bank, Schomburg Center for Black Culture, The Smithsonian, United Nations, and, on an international scope has shown work in France, Amsterdam and Ghana. In 2015, he served as a scholarly consultant for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC.
Stan Squirewell – USA
Stan Squirewell is a Harlem transplant from Washington DC where he began his artistic training at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1993. Since graduating he has continued his tutelage under many of DC’s legends including artists Michael Platt and Lou Stovall. He is a painter, photographer, installation and performance artist. His work is multilayered and his subject matter, in gist, tackles themes such as race and memory through mythology, sacred geometry and science. He draws his inspiration from theory books, science fiction movies and novels, avant-garde jazz and indigenous storytelling. He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Hoffberger School of Painting where he studied with the late, Grace Hartigan. Mr. Squirewell is the first winner of the Rush Philanthropic and Bombay Sapphire Artisan series. He has performed with Nick Cave (SoundSuits) at the National Portrait Gallery and Jefferson Pinder with G-Fine Arts. He is privately and publicly collected. His works are in the Reginald Lewis Museum, the Robert Steele Collection and recently acquired by the Smithsonian for the African American Museum (2015.)
TAFA – Ghana
TAFA is an award-winning painter whose work is exhibited and collected internationally. His style is characterized by a richly vivid palette and heavily textured surface. He obtained a BFA degree from the College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He currently lives in Harlem, New York. TAFA was named 2010 Sport Artist of the Year by the American Sport Art Museum and Archives. TAFA’s paintings have been celebrated and exhibited in galleries, educational and cultural institutions in the US, Japan, Europe, and Africa. His work may be found in numerous permanent public and private collections, including the Superior Court, Washington, D.C, Barclays Bank, Sparrow Hospital, Michigan, Shell Co, Ghana’s National Museum, Carver Federal Bank and former New York City Mayor, David N. Dinkins, Bryant Gumbel and former US President Bill Clinton. “Myth, worship and ritual is what attracts me, the arena as a landscape or the athlete or player as portraiture is not what inspires me. Sport as a metaphor for life and faith fascinates me - our collective allegiance and dedication to the gods and deities of the game, the mass psychology and identification, almost prehistoric and primal. It is the mythic power of the stadium, the arena, which has become the new basilica and pyramid, synagogue and temple.” says TAFA. This myth and almost religious relevance is also captured in his paintings of marches and protestors.