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BANNER DESIGNS GALLER
MALE | AFRICAN AMERICAN | FULTON COUNTY
Born in Arkansas on January 26, 1973, and now residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Najee Dorsey. The visual artist, gallerist, producer, CEO, and founder of "Black Art In America" is known for embracing Southern roots in his works and relaying on canvas stories untold but not forgotten African American life. His artworks have featured in exhibitions at the Arnika Dawkins Gallery, The Columbus Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, David C. Driskell Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum, and Clark Atlanta University Museum to name a few. Dorsey has featured in articles for the ARTnews and the Forbes.
MALE | AFRICAN AMERICAN | GWINNETT COUNTY
Maurice Evans’ creative focus was realized through the lens of music. Born in Smyrna, Tennessee, his father was a military man, a gifted drummer, and a singer in a gospel choir. He introduced Maurice to music as early as the age of 4. The music of Al Green, Chaka Khan, and Marvin Gaye, inspired his creative growth. The artistic freedom he yearned for as an independent artist landed him his first successful exhibition at the juried Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. From there, his career launched, and his work was exhibited in numerous galleries and venues, where he received national and international acclaim. Maurice Evans resides in Atlanta, GA, never far from a sketch pad, and lives by the premise “create art for art’s sake,” inspiring viewers and artists alike to pursue their artistic and creative passion.
FEMALE | AFRICAN AMERICAN | FULTON COUNTY
My name is Charity Hamidullah. I am a local artist creating works centered around growth, love and empowerment in Downtown Atlanta. When developing designs for this project, it was my intention to create imagery centered around Black excellence, love, growth and connection.
FEMALE | AFRICAN AMERICAN | GWINNETT COUNTY
Grace Kisa was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Her father’s profession as an economist afforded my family the opportunity to travel and live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, McLean, Virginia, Toronto, Canada then Gaborone, Botswana before she came to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a degree in Art form the Art Institute in Atlanta. She now lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a suburb outside of Atlanta, where she makes a living as an artist. Grace Kisa states, “I have developed a flexibility and adaptability and can draw inspiration from a broad cultural knowledge base. I am able at once to feel at home everywhere and nowhere. Through these experiences I have an expanded world view which allows me to perceive it differently. I am open to cross-cultural exchanges, and collaboration and this is reflected in my art”.
MALE | SOUTHEAST ASIAN | DEKALB COUNTY
I am an artist working and living in Atlanta, Georgia. Ranging from small pencil drawings to large-scale painted murals, my work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with notable showings at the High Museum of Art, on the Atlanta BeltLine, as a part of the Living Walls Conference, and through the City of Atlanta’s art programs. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, I was raised in Atlanta as a first-generation American to Laotian immigrants. The blending of cultures, and the respective fundamental beliefs, helped me to find commonality in diverse perspectives and to celebrate the beauty of distinctions. East Asian philosophies, from Buddhism to Taoism, often combine with American inspirations, such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, to inform my work.
AHMAD H. TAYLOR
MALE | AFRICAN AMERICAN | COBB COUNTY
As a Lakeland-born creative, Ahmad H. Taylor's activism has afforded him the opportunity to brainstorm with numerous local visionaries, politicians, community leaders and influencers, to open conversation on the "great divide" that we so often witness hindering our opportunities to live and work together, towards a more positive end.
With this, Ahmad has focused his current efforts towards community revitalization through the arts... more closely, sowing "Good" seed by creating synergistic opportunities for art to truly enhance a community's unique economic, cultural, & social identity.
A revitalization "Renaissance", if you will!
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