About the Artist
Art can do many things. It can bring joy, pain, frustration, understanding; almost any emotion one can experience to the viewer. It can serve as an inspiration, it can be used to educate or to incite. Art can do many things, but it does not have to do many. There are two things art should do , not necessarily in tandem. It should say something and it should look good. How useful and profound its message and/or how good it looks separates good art from bad art, but anything, I believe that is called art should have at least one of these things. While that is not where I get my inspiration, it is my guideline. I also have to experiment. This computer technology just screams for playfulness and exploration. From making something that looked as if nothing electronic touched it, to fractals that only could have been created using a computer, experimentation is definitely one of my joys. Inspiration for me sprouts from many places, but in keeping with my guidelines, it comes overwhelmingly from two things. Things that I feel have to be said, and things that I find beautiful. What do I find beauty in? That’s a simple one. I find beauty first and foremost I think in the female form, often in quite ruebenesque renderings. I find beauty in my Trinidadian heritage, in colour, patterns and textures, in life, in sex and sexuality. I am also inspired by things that I just have to say or ideas about different things that are percolating in the brain. What things do I have to say? I’m a young Black Trinidadian male in Newark, New Jersey, in the United States of America. What don’t I have to say?
I was born in the cultural melting pot called the United States. However, I grew up in another melting pot, this time, the islands of Trinidad & Tobago. It was here I developed my penchant for art (non-digital at the time. Couldn’t quite afford a computer in those days), Caribbean culture, and of course, my accent. I did the whole high school thing in Trinidad , along with a year or so of post-secondary education. Then it was back to the land of Greasy Fast Food and the Right to Bear Arms to get my Associate degrees from Essex County College in Engineering and Mathematics in 1997. It was at this point that I decided to pursue a lucrative career in Graphic Design. Unfortunately, he was ignorant to the fact that the words “lucrative” and “Graphic Design” cannot even coexist in the same dictionary, far less be used in the same sentence. Despite this, his ignorant self graduated from Rutgers University in 2002 with a BA in Art.