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  • Maasai
  • Joined: Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:07 pm
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  • My Real Name Maasai Rees-Tabari
  • Location: Los Angeles | New York City
  • Age: N/A
  • Occupation: Fine Artist
  • Interests: Living life to the fullest!
  • About Me: Maasai K Rees-Tabari was born in New York City. She grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan in a community called Stuyvesant Town - Peter Cooper. At ten Maasai was enrolled in life drawing class, at the Arts Students League on 57th St. in New York City. She attended one of New York's top math and science engineering high schools, Brooklyn Technical High School, (in downtown Brooklyn) where she participated in the Interior Design engineering program. Maasai went on to study painting, sculpture and media arts at the School of Visual Arts (SVA).

    After attending SVA for 2 ½ years, Maasai took a year-long sabbatical, traveling throughout México to paint landscapes. This trip, introduced her to the great painters, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Maasai was also influenced by many contemporary Afro-American artists, such as: Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlette, Tom Feelings, and Jacob Lawrence; as well as, artists of the 80's and 90's including, Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat.

    Maasai Rees-Tabari is a bi-coastal artist (working and showing in New York City and Los Angeles). Recently, Maasai has been creating collages with printed paper of B&W images, colored craft paper, oil crayons, and markers; producing oversized charcoal drawings on paper and creating digital drawings with Sketchbook Pro on a tablet and on a cell phone.

    Working with these three new mediums has been freeing and empowering, allowing Maasai to tell the story of female vulnerability, ancestral adornment, and mental anguish. Thus in many ways, her work as an artist has come full circle and she feels that all the different mediums inspire her to finally merge her work into a cohesive style that is easily recognized.

    In 2012, Maasai Rees-Tabari was nominated to participated in the prestigious $50k USA Artist Fellowship award.

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by nigelartist on Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:16 pm
Hello and welcome to A Singular Creation! Photograph your artworks and upload them into your own galleries as well as online Art Competitions. Join in with Art Forums and get to know other artists. You will love spending time here! Any problems please contact ‘Singular’ or one of the moderators.
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