Amoo Emmanuel
Ibadan, Nigeria
My work is conceptual hyper realism that specialises in the use of charcoal and graphite. It both explores and triggers the deeper realm of human tenderness and also how reality is often miscommunicated.

In my most recent series, “Altered Existence”, I tried to portray how the world is being redefined by factors around us that we are not always cognizant of.
I only started making art in 2016. but as I’ve grown since then, I’ve developed a better understanding of both my skills and purpose as an artist.

- Amoo

NeDavius Ladmirault
New York, NY
As someone who is metaphorically mute, my entire artistic language revolves around speaking without words. I’m highly influenced by music, and often use that as a proxy to connect visual art with words.

As a young black man in America, my entire artistic language also revolves around the desire to represent myself and people like me, who’s stories historically have been ignored, wiped away, and falsified.

I’ve always portrayed black experience and subjects in my art, because that’s who I am, but after witnessing the beginning of this new conscious movement against racism, one that’s never been bigger in all of history, I realized the power that art has.
I began to create with justice, spreading knowledge, and humanity in mind. I started using art to reflect on the craziness going on in the world and burn my thoughts into the bonfire of conversation taking over this year, whether through memorializing martyrs like George Floyd or creating illustrations that provoke thought. Essentially, to use my platform for something much bigger than myself, or the music niche that I first put myself in. 

- Nedavius (aka mute.psd)

Robel Assefa
Ottawa, Canada
I am an ethiopian artist who is based in Ottawa, Canada. As an up and coming artist who is currently trying to make a name for himself in the art world, these past few months have definitely affected my work in both positive and negative ways.
As an artist, the pandemic has often made it hard to be creative while being at home. However, in times like this where our voice matters, we have to step up and fight for what is right, and an artist's platforms can play a big role.

- Robel Assefa

Sgld / David Brewer
New York, NY                                       
Here's my instrumental album that I put out in February.

It's heavily influenced by the grittiness of 90's East Coast Hip-Hop/Rap that made that era, in my opinion, one of truest forms of innovation, with a rugged rawness when it came to production and emceeing.
I wanted to capture that feeling of hearing a beat on an album that you found out about through reading the pages of The Source magazine, or going to your local record store when the person working there is playing the vinyl over the speakers of the shop.

- David

Yusuff Aina Abogunde
Lagos, Nigeria
As an individual and creative from Lagos, Nigeria living with the current global  pandemic, my mind and perception of the world has adjusted more as I stay indoors. It has specifically affected my thoughts about people who don't have the opportunity to stay inside.

We have people around the world who can't participate in isolating themselves against the spread of COVID-19 due to the state of their life, like homelessness or that the means to feed their families rests solely on them being out on the streets of the world. At the same time they are seen by helpers who are hindered from helping them. People talk about them through different media, but everything still ends up in vain.
In addition to this, I have personally faced hardship in creating my works even as I have a roof over my head. It is a challenge to get enough funds to buy art supplies and just to stay sane on-the-go in the overwhelming situation of the world. But, I keep pushing because of people who are on the streets. They give me strength and inspiration to keep creating and survive, because the best way to survive is by staying Insane.

- Yusuff