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My name is Barthelemy Atsin and I am from Philadelphia,
but currently living in Harlem. I graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2002. Since I was a child I was always fascinated by many artists. Some of my favorites are Paul Cezzane’, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat. I felt that these and many others were not only amazing painters but also great storytellers who channeled their emotions into every ounce of their work. This is what I want to accomplish with my own work.
Throughout my journey as an artist I’ve been commissioned by Nicole Kidman to paint a portrait of her with her son. I’ve collaborated with Elizabeth Swados on creating a children’s book and backdrops for the La Mama theater. While studying abroad in Oxford, England I collaborated with musicians and created a live painting to music while slides of my images were projected on stage in the Balliol College dining hall. I then performed at the Bowery Poetry Café painting to Hip Hop and House music.