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Malik Greene

Artist Malik Greene seeks to unravel his mind; depicting his personal history through oil
portraits of moments, and memories that convey the world as he sees it. The subjects within his
work convey a certain power that does not rely on systemic pain and trauma to propel his artistic vision.

Nevertheless, these figures emit the residual effects of their environment and how this
may innately influence one’s identity. He finds strength in how circumstance distinguishes
individuals and his creations have even become a voice to help him understand his own nature.
He paints as a means of searching, diving deeper into his cognition and the varying societal
implications that affect those within his reach.

Greene sources his artwork from archival photos and shared experiences, juxtaposing
them with an amorphous imagination that acknowledges realism, yet maintains his painterly
disposition. Bold opaque colors, textural brushwork and eccentric figuration evoke emotion and
emphasis within his work. Greene wishes to glorify a certain level of roughness that
demonstrates beauty and intimacy, not solely concerned with technicalities as opposed to
nuanced emotion. His work is considered a storytelling method, and understanding where he
comes from has allowed him to realize how far he can go.

Cradle 2 (Motion)

Year: 2023

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part I

I Am Who I Mae Me (The Prince of Parklane)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part I

GangGangGang (Brothers until somethin’ is uncovered, Dawgs until the lifting of the fog)

Year: 2023

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part I