SYN (Soulful Young Negro) was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, where he still resides. Growing up, he was encouraged by both his parents to explore the arts. He played the saxophone starting at age 9 and excelled to first chair by the age of 11. However, his creative interest would soon gravitate to poetry and drawing. Both would prove to be the perfect outlets for SYN to express his emotions and social views.
SYN’s artwork is both raw and powerful. Using black India ink as his primary medium, the images in his paintings appear to be emerging from the shadows of darkness forcing you to focus on the subject while still setting a dark tone for the piece. Two major influences of SYN's subject matter are Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Work / Education
SYN is self-taught and, even though he highly respects those artists have gone through formal training, he does not see that as the path for him. He became a professional artist on August 21, 2017. This was the date of the most recent total eclipse. To commemorate this event, he created his first piece, Eclipse Over Georgia. Since then, through experimentation, SYN has developed a style that is his and his alone.