Although sports and martial arts are a big part of Cecil’s life, they pale in comparison to his true passion, his love for painting. Cecil believes that art is a form of mental elevation in which he builds an intimate relationship with each piece during the journey to completion. His biggest influences, aside from his art teacher in college, are realistic artists Thomas Blackshear, Frank Morrison and Kevin A. Williams. Cecil, a man that loves challenges, began observing their concepts and styles and eventually created his own personal style and technique.
Although Cecil’s artistic abilities are not limited to any one genre, he prides himself on being one of the few African American artists in the industry to create realistic paintings of animals in such a unique fashion. He works predominately with the medium of acrylic and he plans on incorporating other mediums in the future. Over the years, Cecil has dedicated himself to focusing on precise techniques, details, composition and design.
Born and raised in the small town of Folkston, Georgia, Cecil's early life was one that exemplified the love for family, nature and extracurricular activities. At the age of 7 he discovered that he had an attraction to art. He drew from books, magazines and still images. While in middle school he found himself tuned in to PBS to watch Bob Ross gracefully create beautiful landscapes.
Cecil, nurtured his childhood hobbies into adulthood by playing recreational football, and eventually going on to receive scholarships to play at Georgia Military College, Fort Valley State University and Carson Newman University. He majored in Fine Arts while attending Fort Valley State University and credits his greatness to his art professor, Mr. Rickey Calloway, who pushed him to be a master of his craft. Mr. Calloway played an integral part in Cecil's development as an artist. He taught Cecil how to become more cautious of his craftsmanship and to never accept mediocrity in anything that associated to him.
After graduating with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts in 2007 from Carson Newman University in Tennessee, and after football was completely over, Cecil followed his childhood dreams to become a martial artist. After 8 plus years of training Cecil, now holds the ranking of a 3rd degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, a 1st degree in black belt in Tai Chi and is currently training in Kuntao Silat an Indonesian martial arts system.
His biggest influences, aside from his art teacher in college, are Thomas Blackshear, Frank Morrison and Kevin A. Williams. Cecil's artistic abilities are not limited to any one genre. He works predominately with the medium of acrylic and plans on incorporating other mediums in the future. Cecil, continues to focus on precise technique, details, composition and design. Although Cecil grew up in a small town, his talent and passion can be considered synonymous to the big city lights. He hopes to manifest his skill set and vision onto the canvas for the world to see and appreciate.
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........