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My name is André and I was born and raised in San Francisco in a Caribbean household. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Visual Arts from Oberlin College.

My work consists of colorful, visually charged, and abstract matrixes coexisting, in a negative non-space, with human-like black figures. The figures I illustrate are stand-ins for myself, athletes, or my loved ones, imagined siblings I longed for earlier in my life as an only child, or a way to illustrate a societal learned vision of the family archetype. The imagery I create hints at childishness, being a celebration of Black hair and heritage, depicting kinship or a state of youthful imagination people embrace as kids but grow out of with time.

Experimenting with the materiality of paint and straying away from any indication of a bare canvas is important in my process. My painting practice is heavily guided by rhythm and the routinely nature of sports’ mentality. Having been part of the elite basketball world all my life, creation, to me, is a daily decision to paint and follow an intuitive flow of ideas. My process is about consistency and a way to express myself and deal with the daily trials and tribulations of life.

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