WEBSITE: LeoNeal Art
La’Vata E. O’Neal as the artist LeoNeal
A servant of imagination, this is what I am; it is as real as the mind conceives it to be and breeds learning, escape, beauty, and a boundlessness to openness. As an artist I desire to bring storytelling through my images. It is a long term goal of mine. Storytelling through illustration; it’s one of the expressive mediums where imagination thrives. I love art, expression, and diversity. With an equally strong love for fantasy or anything fictional, I started to create those kinds of images. I’ve been creating since the age of twelve, drawing portraits predominately. That was until, after high school, I discovered a different side to art. Learning about art became a natural course for me when I realized there was so much more to it. I sought information everywhere, though I had never entered into a school for art, and went down many different cross roads of experimentation to be where I am today.
Martian is a 2D media artist based in New York City. She uses ballpoint pen, ink, paper and assorted printmaking techniques to create works that are centrally based on the human condition, each illustration and print tells a different story, reflecting life, death, and the tribulations of characters that are symbolic of the stereotypical black identity. She has been featured in multiple group shows at The King’s Art complex as well as various galleries in NYC and Columbus, Ohio. She is the winner of the Tolesdet drawing prize and the May and Samuel Rudin Foundation Scholarship. She has obtianed her BFA in Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art & Design and is currently a MFA candidate at NYU.
Also known as Free Mech, Monte Miller has an extensive background in illustration. Monte believes in telling a story visually through the characters which he develops. A Chicago native, Monte is constantly developing his skillset and evolving as an artist.
Donte Janae is an emerging artist from Denver, Colorado. She has been painting since 2013 and also holds a BA in Studio Arts from CU Boulder. The inspiration behind her work is from God. Donte received sudden impulses of concepts in subtle visual imagery of an upcoming painting or of a piece she is working on at that moment. Oil is her preferred medium, and the expression of color and emotion is Donte’s main style of painting. Although Donte paints small pieces on occasion, she prefers to work with large scale dimensions to really capture the essence of her creations. The human anatomy has always been an interest of Donte’s; she enjoys painting portraits and women mostly. With every painting, she looks for different ways to evolve in her technique, style, and composition. The most rewarding experience for Donte as an artist is the engagement between her art and the viewer. She loves to hear different interpretations about her work and the personal connections it creates. Donte finds it most intriguing when she is able to share her gift with others. One of her goals is to experience a fulfilling and prosperous life through her artistry, and inspire others to live in their purpose.