Dope Artists

Alexandre Keto

 
"I believe that art is a tool that enables this direct intervention, opening new horizons – but in a real and accessible way, so it really reaches people.That is why today I do art having in mind social issues, so it can be one more tool for building knowledge."
 
Brazilian painter and sculptor Alexandre Keto's works can be found in the permanent collections of the Brazilian Embassies in Ghana and Belgium. Influenced by samba, Orisha worship, and American graffiti, Keto's mission is to celebrate, reconnect, and value the African heritage. Keto's paintings are versions of the gods and goddesses of the ancestral Yoruba traditions, and his sculptures are influenced by African statues, especially those by the Yoruba and Baole people. Keto's works are vivid, eclectic, and celebratory.
 
Growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Alexandre Keto began drawing and painting at six years old. Keto’s masterpieces are heavily influenced by Samba, his spiritual Orisha worship, and by American graffiti. Samba gained its roots from Africa via the West African slave trade and through religious practices of African people. Keto through his work wanted to celebrate African heritage and share the beauty with the world. Keto has completed more than 1,000 murals and paintings in over 21 countries - collaborating on social projects with notable organizations such as United Nations, The United States Consulate, The Brazilian Embassy, and Doctors Without Borders. Keto has also partnered with several grassroots organizations, helping to spread his message of community in underserved areas around the world.
 
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Ananda Nahu

Ananda Nahu is a Brazilian graffiti artist born in Bahia, Brazil in 1985. In 2001, she moved from Juazeiro to Salvador, where she attended the College of Design in 2003 and the Fine Arts School at the Federal University of Bahia in 2004. Throughout this time, she developed interests in diverse artistic expressions such as photography, Fine Arts Paintings and engravings, as a result of her studies and research on lithography, serigraphy, metal graving, and posters.

Nahu was introduced to the art of graffiti when she met graffiti artist and current husband, Rodrigo Izolag. As a result, she began using stencils in order to create wall arts. In Nahu's work, which mostly showcases women, utilizes a variety of techniques, colors, visual effects, and painting styles contribute to her vision of, combining past and modern cultures and people into a harmonious compositions that expresses the pure beauty, strength, and positivity from the nature of human beings.

Nahu was selected as one of the "redefining" artists of Brazil in 2015 by CNN Style. In 2016 she contributed to a large mural in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nahu currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

To reach Ananda or see more of her work go to her website.

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Dante Yarbrough

An award-winning artist, Dante Yarbrough, was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Having earned a BFA degree from Clark Atlanta University, Dante’s distinctive artistry has been sought after for years. Known for his abstract body portraits, Dante transforms his figurative and expressionist artwork by manipulating several forms of mixed media. 

"My artwork is a direct correlation of my immediate existence as my spiritual, mental, and social environments interconnect. The onlooker must draw on his/her own experiences to conjure the furor in which I paint. In effect, my artistry symbolizes freedom amidst confinement, healing despite pain, and calm within chaos."

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Patrick Dougher

 

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Patrick Dougher is a self-taught Artist, Musician, Poet, Educator & Spiritual Activist.

Patrick has played and recorded with Grammy award winners Sade, Chuck D (Public Enemy) and Dan Zanes as well as many other notables. He is the drummer on “Dub Side as the Moon” one of the best selling Reggae LP’s of all time.

He has worked as a Teaching Artist in NYC public schools, as an Art Therapist working with HIV positive children and as the Director of community arts organizations. For over 20 years Patrick has used the arts to empower and support the socio-emotional growth and health of “at-risk” and disenfranchised youth of the city.

Through his art Patrick seeks to inspire and to celebrate the noble beauty and divine nature of people of African descent and to connect urban African American culture to its roots in sacred African art, spirituality and ritual.

Inquiries:
patrickdougher108@gmail.com
Instagram: @patrickdougher
917.674.6375

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Rachel Crosby

 

Rachel (Rae), our latest dope puzzle artist, is the one behind Leanna Rae's Art. She is a self taught artist residing in the town of Denver, Colorado.

She believes in the philosophy that "as Black women we must educate ourselves, then reach the children. We get our values mixed into thinking we need to educate the entire world when it first starts with ourselves."

She is committed to doing the work of educating herself about the stories that were withheld from us or given a whitewashed narrative and provide imagery that represents the Black community with positivity, relatability and truth through art.  

"As I'm learning and unlearning through my own experiences, I hope you come along this creative journey with me and discover art that you love that connects you to the collective." 

To reach Rae or see more of her work go to her website.

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Vincent Vallentine

 

Vincent Ballentine was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at The University of Arts in Pennsylvania. Vincent has been awarded public commissions in Los Angeles, New York, and Cleveland. He is a multi-talented Artist, Graphic Designer, and Illustrator.

Vincent Ballentine is a multi-disciplined visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. With a degree in film and education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and continued study in film at Cleveland Institute of Art, Vincent’s media range from digital illustration and animation, to large-scale murals and street art. As an independent contractor, Vincent has worked with organizations including Groundswell, Progressive Arts Alliance and Creative Art Works--through which he has created work for Whole Foods, the NYC Housing Authority, a myriad of schools throughout the five boroughs, and at Rikers Island.

As a freelance artist, Vincent has traveled internationally and been commissioned to create work for the likes of the NCAA, MTV, BET, and festivals such as Wall Therapy, O-positive and Meeting of Styles in Germany. Vincent earned an Emmy for his performance in MLB Network’s “Fall Colors,” where a time-lapse recording of himself painting creates the backdrop for post animations. Vincent’s work never stops evolving, as demonstrated by his 2020 US State Department residency in Ethiopia as an ambassador for hip hop. His company, Matlock Studios, has built relationships with local business-developing organizations, and the NYC Departments of Education and Transportation. Thriving through personal and artistic growth, Vincent aims to contribute his brand of style and vision to the art community through mentorship and youth guidance.

To see more of his work, go to his website.

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  • @niecie_pieces

    Your puzzles make me happy. The people look like me. I love puzzling, but it lacks diversity.

  • @readysetpuzzle

    We REALLY enjoyed this... And I just wanted to personally thank you for including imagery of a black man. There’s NEVER any imagery of black men and hardly any of men in general. I really appreciate that representation.

  • @shaylattecoffee

    You are glowing Kris! So happy for your brand, for you, and the awareness of art + puzzles.. just like your family got you started with puzzles at a young age... I too got my daughter started with puzzles she only 3 yrs.. and she loves puzzles!!!!

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