BIOGRAPHY

Be a mountain or lean on one. —

In this modern world of art, an eccentric personality is met with classic and contemporary elements with Kenyatta Crisp. As an artist, he began his study of fine art and photography back in 2012. The Cleveland, OH native is currently a mix-media artist and the owner of Crisp Photography Ltd -- with all curations under "28karatblack." Crisp's range in photography consists of portraiture, film, contemporary and fin art elements -- both personal and conceptual. His work reflects Black/African American art culture but also holds an ominous unique approach to silhouettes. With blank faces and void like emptiness, these silhouettes hold a representation of black joy in the likeness of despair and darkness. 

 "The intent for presenting these images the way I did was to influence my audience viewing experience through a racialized lens, specifically, creating a dark, haunting, and terrifying shadowy figure to represent how society views Black/African Americans. I call them the “Weusi,” or “Eusi, (Eh-oo-zee)”, which means “black, dark, or blackness” in KiSwahili." - Kenyatta Crisp

Artists like Gordon Parks, Ming Smith, and Kara Walker have held a great influence on his style of portraiture and attention to detail behind the lens. He values classic tradition through the lens of representation. As an experienced collaborator, he seeks to expand talent by working with individuals across the region, who help shape the landscape of his mission. It is his continued hope to leave a legacy of the same impact in future projects.

Self Portrait by: Rae O'Neal

ACHIEVEMENTS

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS


Cleveland Print Room 

Spaces CLE

Empress Editions 

Johalla Projects Art Curatorial Collective 

Rae O'Neal (Photographer)

Tara Fay (Curator)

Malik Armand (stylist)

SWOB (Shootingwithoutbullets)

UPLYFF organization 

K.N.O.W.L.E.D.G.E Youth Organization

Cleveland Arts Events

Harvey Rice wraparound School

Facet AI 

Vivid Vizionaires (Photographer)

Literacy In The H.O.O.D


RESIDENCIES / EXHIBITIONS


Risograph Artist Book Residency/Empress Editions 2020 (Awarded artist) Cleveland OH

Facet AI Photographer Artist Grant 2020 (Awarded) Los Angeles CA (Remote)

Roots Run Deep: A Contemporary Survey of African American Hair Culture Exhibition /Brew House Association  2021 Pittsburgh PA 

M.I.A Showcase And New Membership Drive  Exhibition @ Cleveland State University  2016 Cleveland OH 

The Cleveland Print Room's National Juried Exhibition, THE PEER SHOW 2021 Cleveland Ohio

The I.C.A.R.Y Project / Impactful Changes for At Risk Youth 2021 Cleveland OH (Non Profit)

Spaces CLE/ The Urgent Art Fund 2021 Cleveland OH (Grant Award)

Our Youth Deserve Their Roses Artist Exhibition 2021 / Cleveland Print Room

Our Youth Deserve Their Roses Artist Exhibition Extended viewing 2022 / Current Gallery

The Holy Art Gallery Virtual Showroom 2022 /  Shacklewell Ln, London E8 2DA

Fashion Talks Fashion Show 2022 / Media Team

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