(Nigerian-Canadian, b. 1986) lives and works between Toronto, Canada and Lagos, Nigeria. Central to his practice is the male form, which he engages as the locus for his intersectional exploration of identity, value, sexuality, existentialism and spirituality. Aesthetically and conceptually, Oluseye’s work is informed by Yoruba culture—its sculptures, mythology, beliefs and even the angular facial features of its people. Using acrylic, pastel, collage and photo transfer, he creates layered portraits that are inspired by Yoruba terracotta heads and contemporary black male photography; the hybridity resulting in portraits that thread together the physical and the spiritual. Oluseye has exhibited at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Gallery 151 in New York, School 33 Art Center in Baltimore and Art Twenty-one in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a recipient of the Canada Council for The Arts New Chapter Grant
Shaina Lee-Shuan Yang
often known as Aniahs Gnay, is a multidisciplinary visual artist and arts organizer based in NYC. Their work explores the relationships of the vessel body and its carried symbols, connectivity, and the space between it all. Yang is influenced by the superstitious nature of their Taiwanese family and life as a queer first-generation American, reflecting on the spaces and rituals created by the community and the definition of what it means to be invisible or visible. Yang looks at the space between all things to understand this shared experience of existence, and ultimately to question both the states of infinite solitude and infinite connection.
Kellie Romany (b. Trinidad, 1985) is an abstract, non-representational, figurative painter living andworking in Chicago, Illinois. She received a Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting from the School of the ArtInstitute of Chicago in 2011 and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. Romany has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Sullivan Galleries in Chicago, Parade Ground Gallery in New York, Alice Yard in Trinidad and Tobago, Amel Bourouina Gallery in Berlin, Germany, and Minninger Gallery in Cologne, Germany.
Lauren Bierly (b. Pennsylvania, 1986) is a visual artist and arts administrator living and working in New York City. Her “Color Translations” have been exhibited in New York City; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; and Kolkata, India. Bierly earned an M.A. in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education, New York (2010), and Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Art History from Pennsylvania State University (2009). She was a resident artist at Starry Night (2017), Brooklyn Art Space Open Studios (2015-16) and Trestle Art Gallery (2015). Bierly most recently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Panoply Performance Lab, Sunview Luncheonette, and Tagore Center:
Indian Center for Cultural Relations. She joined Incredible Witness collective in 2015. She has spoken on panels about: sensory perception as a vehicle of empathy; synaesthesia; and non-profit arts management.
Daniel AnTon Johnson (b. Delaware, 1983) is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and educator working to understand where technology, feelings, and photography intersect. His interest in authorship, representation, and community have shaped his career and work. Johnson earned his MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts, and MA in English at Washington College. As an adjunct professor, he has taught Photo History, Composition, and led writing workshops for graduate art students. Johnson resides in New York.
Carlos Torres Machado
Carlos Torres-Machado (b. Ecuador, 1981) lives and works in New York. He studied Fine Arts, Communication, Psychology, and Photography at IUNA – Arts National University Institute in Argentina, and at the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. He has exhibited in North America, Europe, and Latin America, participating in Biennials, and residencies such as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Artists Summer Institute and the Brooklyn Art Space Open Studio Residency in 2016. Recently, he was selected the 2017 New York Regional Winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series with work exhibited at Scope Art Show Miami Beach and at the Versace mansion.