Queen Nanny, 2021
Oil pastel, enamel & acrylic 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
Nanny herself was an escaped slave who had been shipped from western Africa. It has been widely accepted that she came from the Ashanti tribe of present day Ghana. Nanny and her four brothers who all became Maroon Leaders were sold into slavery and later escaped from their plantations into the mountains & jungles. Nanny and one brother, Quao founded a village in the Blue Mountains which became know as Nanny Town. She successful freed upwards of a 1,000 slaves in her life time.