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5 Queens, NYC Artists You Should Know

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Queens is probably one of the most under-discovered places in New York. It is usually known by sports fans all over the world because of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home of the annual US Open tennis championship. As well as Citi Field which is another sports complex, situated in the Park. But most people are unaware that Queens is also home to many great, emerging artists. 

Some of these talented artists in Queens are mentioned below:

AJ Lavilla 

Born in Iloilo, Philippines, AJ Lavilla is a self-taught artist, currently based in Queens, New York. He was introduced to art at the age of eleven and learned a great deal by observing the works of his favorite artists which include Picasso, Murakami, Basquiat, and KAWS. 

AJ Lavilla’s main interest is in street art and graffiti. His work is unique in the sense that he uses pop culture icons and vivid colors to bring his art to life. He is also known for the use of inspirational quotes in his work. The Queens artist has graced many walls of New York with his murals, including the World Trade Center.

OG Millie 

Kamille Ejerta, known more popularly by her street name OG Millie is another Filipino American artist. The New York artist is widely known for the amazing art that she creates despite being visually impaired. Art became her safe escape after she suffered a vision-threatening emergency. 

Her art can be easily identified in a sea of paintings because of its uniqueness. She uses vintage decorative mirrors as a canvas to paint portraits with acrylic paint. She is also a mural artist and her work can be seen on walls throughout New York. Her paintings are an embodiment of old school meets new school. OG Millie’s art focuses on colorful portraits of iconic figures.

Shaun Lee NYC 

Shaun Lee NYC one of the most talented artists from Queens, New York. Specializing in a broad style thats unique enough to distinguish. He started developing his art career at a very young age, which prompted him to participate in many programs since a child. He has showcased work in art shows all around the world, from Paris, to Quebec, and Montreal. To residences in New York Cities night clubs such as the Freehold NY.

The Queens artist is widely known for his unique art style which includes unique shades of red in majority of his canvases. However diverse in his mediums with ability to control a spray-can like a brush. He currently has murals displayed in the heart of Queens and has plans to create many more. His artwork is popular for converting traditional art ideas into contemporary pieces.

Savior Elmundo 

Savior Elmundo is a New York artist, dancer, and filmmaker. He is well known for the 3-D letter work that he started experimenting with, in 2015. Since then, the 3-D letters have become his trademark. His art icons include Dali, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Matisse, and Frida. 

Elmundo loves playing with different textures and he does a lot of message work. His art can also be identified by his logo, ‘Make Art’. According to him, his logo represents all forms of art and is a simple way of reminding people to make art.

Turtlecaps 

Turtlecaps is a Queens-born graffiti artist. He started practicing his art in the late 1980s by drawing on streets, train tracks, etc. True to his name, Turtlecaps, his main character is that of a turtle.

This character is made up of a turtle shell, with Mickey mouse shoes, a spray can cap for a head, and a wind-up key at the back. The Queens artist spends his time painting murals of his representative character on the streets of New York, with various adaptations. 

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Spotlight Summer 22: Ebony Brown The Celebrity Stylist

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Have you ever wondered why your styling career is not working out? Or better still, have you ever wanted to hear of a real-life story of “from grass to grace”? Having been born and brought up in Detroit, Ebony Brown is a Celebrity stylist who has had tremendous challenges before eventually having a breakthrough in her career and life. Her life hasn’t been a walk in the park as she had to step over crackheads to go to school and stand in food stamp lines just like any ordinary African-American girl. Ebony didn’t grow up in Hollywood or have any entertainment connections, and at some point, in life, her parents were on drugs and later within the federal prison system. She is indeed a force to reckon with as she stood against all these odds to be the admirable industrious woman she is today. She didn’t give up on her dreams, and her resilience and determination helped her rough up all the challenges and eventually move to New York to become a songwriter. As a writer, Ebony Brown excelled hugely. Her success is unsurprising given that she has been writing since she was a child and was even published when she was only five years old. Ebony’s passion is truly admirable.

In the words of Lupita Nyong’o, “No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.” Ebony’s dream was indeed valid as she came a long way before starting to see the fruits of her labor. Her successes are hard-earned, and the efforts that she has put in place to propel her career to greater heights are unsurmountable. For a lady, Ebony is a strong proponent in the respective industry, and her passion for whatever she puts her mind to is unquestionable. While in New York working with artists, the execs would ask her to style the clients, but she turned the offer down for three years. Realizing that she might be sitting on her blessings, she pursued fashion styling. This was the start of her success in the fashion styling industry. As a costume designer, her first client became Faith Evans, a woman she was writing songs with as a songwriter. After realizing that all the fashion industry needed was passion, resilience, hard work, and commitment, she later joined The Costume Design Union and even started working with world-class brands like McDonald’s, Nike, Adidas, Ford, just to mention a few.

One may think that Ebony’s struggles ended when she had a breakthrough in the songwriting and fashion designing industry. Far from it, Ebony Brown had to deal with pay inequalities between black and white stylists. Even amid a racially charged society, Ebony fought hard to get better pay. Her resilience and push for better pay finally paid off when she started getting better pay. While gaining popularity in the fashion styling and design industry is complex without proper connection, Ebony Brown is living proof that it is possible to pursue dreams and become among the most successful people only seen on tv. Ebony’s works speak for themselves. She has had some significant accomplishments, including being notified by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the songs that she had written with Faith and had Notorious B.I.G listed. Ebony’s success has seen her work for Beyonce’s mother, Mrs. Tina Knowles Lawson. She’s also worked with notable personalities in the entertainment world like Halsey, Faith Evans, Camilla Cabello, Nicole Scherzinger, Britney Spears, Miguel, Young Thug, Kanye West, Sanaa Lathan, Syd the Kid, Kali Hawk, Maya Lynne Robinson, and George Lopez.

To inspire young and talented fashion stylists, Ebony came up with an online course known as the Celebrity Style Academy (CSA). With CSA, Ebony aims at teaching young vision-oriented individuals the do and don’ts in the fashion styling industry as well as helping others grow to the levels that she has produced. Ebony’s online course under CSA also aims at teaching young talented stylists how to earn themselves a promising working career in the industry and become among the best. In the words of Ebony, “It is never too late to start pursuing goals in life. “The struggles that Ebony Brown has gone through will be instrumental in shaping the thinking of young talented stylists to be resilient and committed to their goals in life. Ebony’s online course will bridge the gap between poverty and success for young talented fashion stylists and designers. Her commitment to changing the fashion industry shows the kind of person, a leader, and a role model. Coming up with something is one thing, but working hard to make that dream and vision into a reality can be the hardest thing to endure. Ebony continuously presents new creations, updates, and detailed work through her websites, www.ebonybrownstyle.com and www.fashionbyfearless.com. Furthermore, any and all updates of Ebony’s life can be seen by the masses on her bolstering and invigorating Instagram handle, @ebonybrownstyle. Ebony’s story is truly an inspiration to fashion stylists or songwriters and other young entrepreneurs in different industries.

It is evident that a person’s background does not define who they become in life but the little effort they put in to endure challenges and become successful. Each person belongs. The story of Ebony is a trustworthy source of inspiration to young talented stylists. Ebony’s success can hugely be attributed to the fact that she never took no for an answer and never gave up on all her aspirations in life. Anyone can become all that they aspire to become. Ebony’s success journey is admirable and inspiring because no matter where one comes from, all dreams are valid.

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