Cheo’s initial passion of the Culinary Arts inspired him to start airbrushing tee-shirts. His tee-shirt sales were to fund his tuition to attend a culinary institution. After showcasing his designs at his first event, he was dubbed an “Airbrush Artist”. It was this designation in 1985 that awakened him to his innate artistic ability that inspired him to refine his airbrush technique and become a self-evolved folk artist. He continued painting and embellishing garments using the airbrush and he later developed a technique that he coined “color extraction” in order to create his own unique cultural abstract motifs.
The young Admini broadened and cultivated his artistic ability by using traditional paint brushes and various mediums further developing his skills and techniques, ultimately creating his own distinctive style. Cheo’s works infuse bold colors, immersed textures, African indigenous textile patterns and icons that reflect his love and appreciation of African and Middle-Eastern cultures from a contemporary prospective.
Cheo Admini is an artist of many talents. He has also designed, created and installed vignettes for live broadcasts, concert stages, nightclubs, music videos and film. Cheo has served as an art director for several music videos in the Atlanta area and created websites for nationally recognized businesses. Cheo is currently experimenting with mixed media on various surfaces that include wood, wallpaper and metals and reproducing his work.
"I don't expect everyone to love my art, but I want you to feel something."
Cheo Diallo Admini
The phenomenal and thriving artist Lina Iris Viktor will present her first major museum exhibit at The New Orleans Museum of Art, opening this fall. Titled Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the installation will be on display from October 5th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019.
A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred will feature an entirely new body of work created by Viktor that investigates the narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia. Throughout the exhibit, the artist reimagines the rich history of Liberia’s colonial past. “Liberia appears in Viktor’s re-imagining as a kind of paradise lost, and as a cautionary tale,” said Allison Young, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of Contemporary Art. “At the same time, her work transcends this narrative, revealing how examples of visual culture—from Dutch Wax fabrics to national emblems to gestures in the history of portraiture—exist as remnants of these colonial histories.”
Based in New York, the British-Liberian artist is highly known for her luxurious large-scale paintings and installations that are adorned with gold and include references to both modern and traditional West African culture.
“NOMA is pleased to present Lina Iris Viktor’s exhibition, and to foreground a lesser-known history of which the American South was a part,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “In this series, Viktor offers her unique perspective on a complex and multifaceted history.”
Programs related to the exhibition feature conversations led by Lina Iris Viktor and Allison Young, a film series, and a special talk with Viktor and curator Renée Mussai. For more information, please visit NOMA READ MORE........