A Stroll to Victory, 2020
Acrylic and oil on canvas
About the Artist
Cyph (b.1987 USA) is a self-taught visual artist and emcee from New Orleans. He has been creating since the age of six, with direction from his grandmother, Rosemary, founder of the “Ya-Ya” art enrichment program. Cyph’s work exhibits a method of give, take, and sacrifice. He began his creative pursuits professionally as a musician, and has since returned to visual art, creating art that embodies the true spirit of an endless stream of curiosity that surrounds him. Oscillating between the figurative and abstract, his work is a reflection of the schizophrenic nature of the modern mind. Where one critic may see evidence of Rothko, another sees Degas. Cyph lives and works in New Orleans, USA.
About the Artwork
I was inspired a lot by the current events of last year all through the pandemic; the targeting of black people after hundreds of years of being oppressed and all the evictions that took place. My favorite of them all is A Stroll to Victory & the Black Targets. It’s about the opposite- there is no stroll to victory for a black man in America. I saw this man that was evicted. He had a basket with all his belongs and some things he picked up along they way. I saw him passing a grocery store from across the street, and instantly it grabbed me. He seemed at peace; he was just strolling with all his things. Seemed to not have a care in the world – I wanted to recreate that in its purest form the way I saw fit. I saw abstraction.