At the Breakwater

December 5-8, 2019

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​​​​​​​​Contemporary Art & Collectibles At the Breakwater 2019

PARTICIPATING 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.

 


Carl F. Anderson - Guyana

Carl Anderson received his early art education at the Burrowes School of the Arts in Guyana. He later immersed himself in the Latin American art milieu by living for 13 years in Venezuela. Known internationally for his bold geometric “Ribbon Series” as well as striking photo realistic paintings, Carl’s work has been exhibited widely in Europe, North and South America, including the Malta Biennale, Italy’s Grolla D’Oro and the Guyana National Art Gallery. Carl’s most recent series of works tackled the controversial subject of domestic violence.


 
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.



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.


 
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.

 


S. Ross Browne – USA

S. 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.

 


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 tabletop 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.


 
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.”


 
Deisha Dare – Trinidad & Tobago

Deisha Baxam of Sangre Grande, Trinidad, has always been inspired by art and fashion. In 2010, the same year she founded her own fashion company, Deisha Dare Designs, Deisha dared to launch a fashion show entitled “The Serengeti”, inspired by the theme from the Serengeti plains of Africa.  This young star went even further in 2013 to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies International Festival at Canoe Bay Beach Resort, Tobago, where on the runway she displayed her costume designs which were also featured on the road for Trinidad Carnival Celebrations 2014 in the band Petlemas. No stranger to high-end fashion, Deisha has worked closely with top designers such as Fashion Dandy, Deson Ayinde Sealey, Sheldon Warner, and Richard Noel, among many others.  She was able to create remarkable pieces for clients she never thought she would be able to interact with.  Some of these are Gage Amighty (Jamaica Dancehall Artiste), Skinny Banton (Grenada), Wave Element (Barbados), Whiteflag Entertainment, HS Productions, Fantasy Faces, Orlando Octive, Super Star Ray (Synergy), Code 202 Productions, Patrice Roberts, Dkrewe mas band, ekon Sta (Soca Artist), and SYO, just to name a few.

 


Victor Davson - Guyana

Victor Davson is a practicing artist and formerly founding director of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey. He is currently Co Director of Express Newark.
He was born in Georgetown, Guyana and since immigrating to the United States in 1973 he has received a BFA degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; co-founded Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in 1983; and established himself in his practice as an artist. His work is heavily influenced by the anti-colonial politics of the Caribbean, and by the intellectual powerhouses of that period. These include extraordinary writers and activists like Martin Carter, Frantz Fanon and Walter Rodney. Since 1996, his series of paintings and drawings, which include the Limbo/Anansi drawings, Bad Cow Comin’ paintings, and his most recent paintings on long playing vinyl record album covers, are his attempt as an artist to negotiate the roots of identity in a terrain of loss and desire. All of these series are a response to his strong memories from his childhood in Guyana of a folk performance in which the participants masqueraded from house to house on Christmas Day. He sees these carnivalesque characters as metaphors for people of the African Diaspora who have survived because of their resiliency.



Francks Francois Deceus - Haiti

Born in Haiti in 1966, Décéus and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York when he was nine years old. It was not until he graduated from Long Island University with a degree in Sociology that he turned to making art as a career. Stylistically his work incorporates many of the influences and aesthetic forms of the 40’s and 50’s visual artists like William Johnson and Jacob Lawrence, which reverberates with some of the artistic strains of his native Haiti. His modernist style combines figurative, abstract and layered elements and relies heavily on a simplification of form and function. Décéus was profiled in a 1998 issue of the International Review of African American Art as “one of the leading young modern painters of his generation, whose work depicts a high degree of sensitivity to social issues and his culture”. He was featured in “100 New York Painters”, an extensive survey of significant New York painters and their widely diverse works. The Brooklyn Academy of Music and Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York have commissioned his paintings. His work is in the permanent collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Xavier University and a legion of private collections.

 
Charles Dey – Ghana/Jamaica

“As a child, I used to draw on open spaces: tiny shreds of paper, bedroom walls. I’d wake up, chasing stories all around me: the bustle of the busy open market; the tiny cloud of dust that left the road; the constant flow of people passing by me – the sunlight pouring in to greet the morning. My work is my reflection of these moments: life that I have witnessed over time. I thrive in peeling back the hidden layers, filling in life’s movement as it whispers. I get inspired searching for the root – those elements that seem to go unnoticed. This is my foundation as a painter and in my larger vision as an artist. Most of what I paint comes from traditions: days I spent exploring life in my birthplace in Accra, Ghana and my mother’s country in the enclaves of Montego Bay, Jamaica; the streets I walk down now in urban cities – people that I meet along the way.”

 


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.

 


Jorge Andres Soto Garcia – Chile

Jorge studied graphic design at Arcos Santiago Institute, Chile. He then furthered his studies in Fine Art at Arcis University. Finally, in 2002 he graduated from the School of Fine Art in Valparaiso, with a master’s degree in fine art, with minors in engraving and art instruction. He created a series of photo engravings during a short visit to Tampa, Florida, USA, through the cooperation of a yacht dealer who was also an art connoisseur. He has participated in a Miniprint contest in Cuba in 2002 and was also a contest winner of FONDART (The National Foundation of Culture and Arts in Chile) in 2008. He is currently working on his new body of work in plastic arts and musical arts.



B. Curtis Grayson, III – USA

B. Curtis Grayson III is a visual artist and art teacher based in Union, New Jersey. He received his training in studio arts at William Paterson University and his work has received several awards for painting as well as mural design in various NJ communities. Curtis has exhibited his work in galleries and expositions in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia. His creations have appeared on TV shows and films such as “Disappearing Acts” and “Best Man Holiday”.  Curatorial projects include 2018’s “Beats, Rhythm, Movement and Color Newark Prodigal Son Returns” WBGO Jazz, Newark, NJ. His work is included in several US private collections as well the those of McDonald’s Corp., Universal Studios, and HBO Film Production.



Denae Howard – Panama

Nae Howard is a Brooklyn native who recently graduated with her MFA at CalARTS. She strives to make engaging imagery that capture instances of the American Black experience. As an interdisciplinary artist, her practice examines constructs of society’s 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.



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 the 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 body of work 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 are collected internationally and have been featured in numerous television and film productions. Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the National Urban League are among his collectors.


 
Hedy Klineman – 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.

 


Glen Martin – Trinidad & Tobago

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and currently living in New York City, Glen Martin is a multitalented artist that works in a variety of media, including figurative painting, illustration and crafts. Early recognition of his talent won him a full scholarship to the prestigious Pratt Institute where he earned his degree in painting and illustration. His paintings continue to be exhibited and collected in North America, Trinidad & Tobago, and beyond.


 
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. He is a founding member of the remarkable WEUSI collective.

 


Ras Akyem I Ramsay – Barbados

A graduate of Jamaica’s Edna Manley School of Art, Ras Akyem I is a veteran exhibitor throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, England, and the U.S.  In 1996 Ras Akyem's paintings won the Gold Medal at the Third Biennial of Caribbean and Latin American Painting, held in Santo Domingo, and was part of the collective submission by Barbadian artists which won the Country a Gold Medal. During 1995-1997 Ras Akyem successfully completed postgraduate studies at Cuba’s prestigious art academy, the University of Superior Arts (ISA).  His work has been published and discussed in such publications as “Barbadian Art: What Kind of Mirror Image?” and “Caribbean Art”, by Veerle Poupeye. In 1998 he was awarded the Barbados Service Star in that year’s Barbados Independence Honors. Ras Akyem I is the recipient of the 2012 Caribbean Luminary of the Arts Award.



Michel Rollock – Cuba

Jose Andres Michel Rollock is a master of the plastic arts who lives and works in Havana, Cuba. His paintings, drawings and sculpture have been exhibited widely in Cuba. His latest series of drawings, “Orishas entre Canos”, will be shown for the first time at the Contemporary Art & Collectibles Fair 2019.

 


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.



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 are also captured in his paintings of marches and protestors.




David Thébaud (Tébo) – Haiti

David Thébaud (Tébo) is a Haitian artist born in Kenscoff, Haiti. In 1990, Tébo moved to Port-Au-Prince where he began to draw at the age of 10 years old. In 1995, he met the famous painter Pierre Austin who became an admirer of his talent and encouraged him in his drawings at the age of 15, he created his first pieces in mahogany under the tutelage of artist Pierre Philippe. In 1997, he met sculptor Jacque Delice who helped him to master the techniques of sculpture and to develop his own recognizable style. Around the same time, he produced his first bas-reliefs artwork.  In 1999, Tébo participated in an international art competition organized by the company Haitian in partnership with Radio Lumiere. Since 2000 Tébo’s work has been exhibited at exhibitions and art fairs in Haiti, Dominican Republic and the US. Saving the planet and helping children has always been Tébo’s passions. As of now David Thebaud continues developing techniques and styles to create environmental art, while pursuing partnerships to help children in need.


Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator
Representing artists:


Marcus Abel (USA)
Born in New York City. Earned a BA in Film Production at New York University, 1984. Decides to concentrate wholly on his painting and begin a second career as an artist in 1998. Stays in the Netherlands and decides to give up the series of line paintings and experiment with picture objects consisting of several parts which define and structure space in 2003. Currently living in Miami Beach, USA since 1989.

Maximo Caminero (Dom. Rep.)
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1962, Maximo Caminero's work is rooted in ancient Taino (first inhabitants of the Antilles) forms resonated in the present with a modern optic. The versatility of his paintings adorning the Caribbean horizon, touching without hiding, the African legacy. His work has not supported or religious ritual other renowned artists such as Wilfredo Lam been studied. They only capture the physical essence of these desires away…His work as he himself defines it.

Tanya Dawkins (Jamaica)
Tanya Dawkins is a Jamaican painter with a passionate pallet and use of crystals. She paints tropical scenes with storytelling focus of the "tree of life'. She is a self-taught, author and corporate life coach. Her work is sold internationally. Her expertise is on Afro-Global policy and change.

Devora Perez (Nicaragua)
Devora Perez is an MFA student at FIU studying sculpture and design. She is the artist in resident with Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator and has shown her work in the US and Internationally.


Ebony Art 
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Cappy Fungcap (Haiti)
Fungcap studied at the Soho Art Center in New York in the 70’s then moved on to Florida where he took courses at the Coral Gables Museum of Art. Later he decided to study Visual Communications and Graphic design at the Art Institute of Houston, Texas. In addition to showing his work in the United States and abroad, he maintains his strength through teaching and personalized study (Art Students League of New York). His images have been published in magazines worldwide. In 1993 He was invited at the Chicago Cultural Center during the “Meeting of the Two Worlds” event. He has also received numerous national awards including the Manhattan Arts International Magazine’s and the Chicago Museum Honorable Mention for creativity. In July 1998, He was invited to appear on the ABC channel 11 “In Depth Program” with Wess Sarginssen to talk about his works and impressions. In February 1999, He was invited to exhibit at the Atlanta State Capitol where he met with Governor Georges Barnes and Mayor Bill Campbell. In March 2000, he was invited to appear on the FOX/TV program “Good Day Atlanta” “Francophonie 2000”. In March 2001, NBC/TV Atlanta featured him as “Artist of the Month” on their official website”, followed by a feature during Howard University’s artist awareness week. His works are included in many prestigious private and public collections; and are very highly demanded among Art Lovers.

Jennifer Ivey (USA)
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Jennifer Ivey has experienced NYC form very different urban settings. Jennifer was educated in NYC’s finest public schools and graduated from Pratt Institute with a BS in art education. Through a fellowship she received her MFA in special education from New York University. She began teaching art in the NY public school system as art teacher and later as a teacher consultant. As a visual artist she has exhibited with, “Black Women of Brooklyn and other Environs”, and “Contemporary Black Artists in America”. Her paintings have been showcased at the Lever House in Manhattan, the African American Museum in Nassau County, Harlem School of the Arts, and numerous other venues in and outside the city. Jennifer is a member of the NAACP and Long Island Black Artists Association.

Rod Ivey (USA)
Born in Manhattan in 1950 and raised in the Bronx, Rod Ivey has in New York City all his life. His early artistic influence was his father, Dwellie Ivey, who studied and the Arts Students League while Rod was a toddler. He started using watercolors while at Howard University with Lois Mailou Jones as his professor, and oils and acrylics at City College of New York under Charles Alston, while attaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The urban landscapes of Edward Hopper have been an influence on his style to this date. In 1980 he married teacher and visual artist Jennifer Ivey. Today, they paint together on the same canvases and exhibit together as member of the Long Island Black Artists and Blacker than Thou/Cross Culture. His work has appeared in groups shows in New York at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, African American Museum of Nassau County, Taller Boricua Gallery, Harlem School of the Arts, Leroy Nieman Arts Horizons, Howard University, University of Texas, and numerous other locations across the US.
 
Gina Samson (Haiti)
Gina Samson’s work has been influenced by the rich cultural heritage and vibrant colors of the Caribbean, as well as the New York City urban environment. After showing interest in the arts at a young age, she enrolled in her high school’s art program, took classes and workshops at the Art Students League and NYU’s School of Continuing Education, and participated in shows and competitions. She regularly exhibits in the New York metropolitan area and her work is featured in several corporate and private collections. In her view, artwork reflects the importance of creation and imagination in everyone’s life. Working primarily in painting, collage and drawing, she aims to create works that incite reflection; while bringing to the viewer an appreciation of the pride, resilience and cultural achievements of the African Diaspora. Currently her work explores in two series the immigrant experience and the interplay of music and the visual arts: “This series focuses on the relationship between the 2 art forms and is linked to fact that I most often listen to jazz while I’m working”. Jazz has been the “soundtrack” of this production.

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 2019 he is celebrating fifty years of exhibiting his original work in the United States.

 
LeRone Wilson Fine Art 
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LeRone Wilson (USA)
Harlem resident LeRone Wilson is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in Chicago, New York, and London, as well as the African American Museum in Dallas. LeRone’s work was a prize winner of the prestigious Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series with Rush Art Galleries which resulted in an exhibition at Scope Art Fair Miami. His sublime, minimalist wall sculptures created from encaustic, are now collected by many notable private collectors as well as public collections such as the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, and the Museum of Biblical Art.