The motivation to create is an impulse. For me it comes from the connection between my visual, emotional and mental consciousness. I utilize the process of painting as an activity; as an expression, and reflection.
Artist Statement - Reynold uses the visual sensory experience of his work as a space to explore and deconstruct the black female identity and body—spiritually and physically. His work is a recalling and remembrance of the grace of black women before, coupled with an excavation of the modern black woman through the symbol of her beauty.
Our first home is the womb and from there everything comes.
Reynold will join our team of instructors to bring forth a variety of workshops including live drawing/sketching and paint night events.
MEENA CHOPRA: Artist, Author, Educator, Community Outreach and Media
Artistic Statement: "My art is my search for the moments beyond the ones of self knowledge. It is the rhythmic fantasy; a restless streak which looks for its own fulfillment! A stillness that moves within! An
intense search for my origin and ultimate identity." – Meena Chopra
Artist and Poet
She is an internationally acclaimed poet & visual artist & has held several art exhibitions around the world. Her paintings are in the collection of government bodies, corporates & individuals in many countries. She has authored four multilingual poetry books which are in English, Hindi & Urdu. Her poetry has been translated in German also.
As Advertising, Marketing & Media professional & Entrepreneur
She is also an energetic, entrepreneurial, dedicated, seasoned, Advertising, Marketing & Media professional with an intense background & hardcore experience of over 20 years in working with diverse ethnicity, multicultural markets & communities (of east and west both), both as an advertising, marketing & media professional, also as a community advocate and builder through education and art programs.
Claudio is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning & Graphic Art, Inc. in New Jersey, USA. Having spent many years as a freelance illustrator and then as a contemporary figurative painter, he came back to comics and began experimenting with the medium.
Claudio does a monthly experimental webcomic https://paintedcomic.wordpress.com/, has contributed to many anthologies including the 2016 Harvey Nominated anthology “The 27 Club”, The Comic Jam, illustrated WrittenSins “And They Call Us Monsters” (is currently working on the second issue) and organized the exhibition “Comics: The Road to Independence” showing at the Living Arts Centre January 13 to March 18, 2018. He also has exhibited his comics/zines at TCAF, MCAF, CCAF, Canzine, APE and other comic conventions.