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Columbia artist Cedric Umoja’s Unfadeable Spirit of The People in the Milliken Art Gallery will include paintings, drawings and sculpture as well as found objects. The work is built upon a personal response to what Umoja views as the “travesty that’s become the norm” regarding unjust treatment and representation of Black people, particularly in this country. Umoja employs a street-style aesthetic and purposefully restricts his pallet to black and white with symbolic use of color so messages project clear and direct. His imagery encompasses the dizzying range of often contradictory views of Black people common in contemporary society.
Umoja was born in San Francisco and is now based out of Columbia, SC. The elements of Graffuturism, Neo-Expressionism, Afro-Surrealism, Comic sequential art, Japanese manga and Afrofuturism have played a role in his artistic development and can be found in his work. Umoja developed his style under the instruction of Tony Cacalano, a Yale MFA and veteran fine artist, whose own teachers included Jack Tworkov, one of the founders of the now famed New York School.
Unfadeable Spirit of The People will run from January 9-30, 2020. Umoja will present a Gallery Talk on January 9th at 6:00pm in the gallery followed by a reception from 6:30-8:00pm.
The exhibition is located in the Milliken Art Gallery and is free of charge. Gallery hours are – Open Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00pm, and Sundays 1:00-5:00. Closed Saturdays and during School Breaks.