Taiwo DuVall, Artist, Musician, and Folklorist, was born in Washington, D.C. He is a self-taught Artist who started painting when he was only 4 years old. That’s when he discovered his talent for art. As a young man, he left D.C. for Harlem, attended many schools, including the City College of New York (CCNY), and eventually graduated from New York’s Pan American School of Art. His gift from God turned into lifelong work that included a position as a staff artist for the Third Press Publishers in New York. This work culminated with his supervising/managing other Graphic Artist/Illustrators in the corporate world and further pursuing his education by studying art design with an emphasis on printmaking at the University of Maryland.
Taiwo’s personal life greatly influences his work, so there are paintings of his childhood and neighborhood. He’s been told that he’s versatile because of his work in many mediums and paint scenes that are “representational portrayals” of those experiences transferred onto canvas, paper, or wood. “I enjoy tying African American folklore into American culture by creating the experience of Africa and the Caribbean through my art. This celebration of African and Caribbean heritage is generally very joyous, moving, and nostalgic,” he says.
As a realist painter, his work is filled with color, mostly bright colors, that seem to jump out at the viewer. The artwork shows people in action like children jumping rope or small groups of men drumming. Although the people depicted are in motion, the pieces of artwork remain still as if they were actual photographs or windows into their lives.
He has conducted art workshops for children and teenagers, including at the Shalom School and the Charles Carroll Middle School, and was an Art Instructor for the U.S. Department of Interior’s Summer in the Parks Program.
Taiwo’s major exhibits include: New York NAACP, CCNY, Stoneybrook U., Bronx Municipal Court, Children’s Aid Society, Countee Cullen Library, Hunter College, D.C. Black Lawyers’ Caucus, Lincoln Center, Maryland Museum of African Art, Maryland Lowe House Office Building, Prince George’s Community College, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Office of Congressman Albert Wynn, Howard University’s Blackburn Center, The Bone Marrow Foundation, Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell U., Hempstead African American Museum, Austin City Hall, Carver Museum & Cultural Center, Arthur Bennett Hall, and Dwyer Cultural Center.
Taiwo is the co-founder of the Weusi/Nyumba Ya Sanaa Black Art Movement and Co-op
Gallery in Harlem, 1964-1974.
Email: taiwoduvall at yahoo.com
URL: taiwoduvall dot com