I was born in 1995 on May 1st in Natchez Mississippi but was raised in Bloomington/Normal Illinois after the first three years of my life. I lived with my stepfather and mother, DeWayne and LaToya Griffin and my two younger siblings, Amiyah and Nyles until I entered college.
In high school, I was afforded many opportunities such as Fall/Spring Play Art Director, Homecoming Photographer, Art Club President, Art Mentor and surprise Black History Month performer. I completed the 2012 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Pre-College Program. This program introduced me to a world of art that I did not know existed. In the summer of 2013, I attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago Summer Institute Residency Program and acquired my first college credits for successful completion of its Alternative Comics and Graphic Novels course.
I was very involved in my hometown community where I was an active member of Jack & Jill of America and held several teen officer positions. I volunteered as a Supportive Living Game Night Assistant, Media/Sound Technician at my local church, Upward Basketball Coach and a 2013 Special Needs Summer Camp Counselor. The highlight of my high school days, I must say, was my summer tour of Turkey and Greece with my art teacher, Mr. Jim Reckard, for two weeks. My favorite creator of art is Michelangelo and his creation on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and I was in awe to see it in person on my European Art Tour.
I am currently a junior at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design majoring in Illustration with a 3.19/4.0 GPA. My hobbies are primarily focused around the arts. I enjoy drawing, painting, sculpturing, animating, photography and writing music. Music is a primary inspiration for my artwork and my favorite artists are varied because I enjoy listening to genres such as hip/hop and pop to Indie folk and alternative.
"Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." - Cesar A. Cruz
All my life I have felt as if I have lived in my own little world, as a child and even now. As a youngster, I would always watch cartoons, play with toys and video games, and DRAW. As I became older, I continued with drawing as my favorite pastime. In high school, I met a guy who liked a song and artist that I did as well and this interaction changed my life in art forever. We both liked Kid Cudi and his song "Mr. Rager" and he made a painting of what the song meant to him. This inspired me to want to interpret the song in my own way which I had never done before. So I did it and became fascinated with this art style...which I learned was "illustrating".
When it comes to the illustrations I create currently, I prefer to deal with subject matters of the surreal by orchestrating with abstract content in a fantasy type of realm. I am also heavy into the symbolism that usually revolves around a religious or spiritual subject matter pertaining to living on this earth. I have focused on creating artwork from a stream of consciousness in most of my work. The subject matters are free and can be anything to anyone. The matters are humorous, dark, ominous, cute, and sporadic.
I like surprising myself with my own artwork and molding my ideas primarily in an illustration format. I like observing what my subconscious mind can bring out when by drawing whatever pops in my thoughts first. Another technique I'm trying to strengthen is how to be resourceful with my surroundings and utilize the world around me for my inspiration. For example, if I were to accidentally splash water onto the floor, I wouldn't clean it up immediately. First, I would get my sketchbook and do a quick doodle of the shape of the water and see how I could manipulate it. I have realized that the more I do things such as this, the more ideas I have to use for full scale projects. In addition, I am building upon an idea that I created over the summer called Subcogny Fields. It is my first illustration series and I am very excited and passionate about it. My goal is continuously build and execute upon the concept to see how much it can grow through the art styles of illustration and comics.