Off a cliff in Jamaica (Black Divers Series), 2021

Acrylic and oil pastel on raw un-stretched canvas

Painting117 x 35.6 x 2cmShips from United States of America


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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

Beyond being drowned in stereotypes like blacks not knowing how to swim, the acknowledgement of our presence in certain worlds like black divers in the Olympics are never spoken of or allowed, a black woman’s shape & body has been an issue since Sara Baartman in the late 1700’s when her body was on displayed for viewing at the Musée de l’Homme (Museum of Man), in Paris…Swimming was also a huge part of my childhood as well as diving being in the water with my cousins was amazing! Being submerged with no gravity…These divers also represent the black beach in New Orleans East “Lincoln Beach” who also had a swim team that did it all including high diving.