Vibrant colors and geometric shapes are splashed onto a wall. Some pieces are pleasingly symmetrical while others are optical illusions. Precisely placed lines and colors combine to make an image pop. To Maya Hayuk, art means that it's time to play. It's a chance for her to play with colors and shapes that an audience will interact with at a later time.

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Last month I was scheduled to attend an Art Show and hopefully get an interview or just a few moments to chop it up with artist and sculptor Alfred Conteh here in Chicago. I’m sure by now you’ve seen that our mayor is not having any of it, and unfortunately the show was canceled. So although I was unable to attend, and Conteh was unable to give us a show in person, he did give the public a view of his workspace. On May 7th, Conteh was live on Instagram for Virtual Visits with Art Noir. There he showcased some of his paintings while fielding questions as the viewers posted them. 

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When Dionna Collins founded her business ComfiArt in 2016, it was a departure for her. After realizing she was burnt out from freelance digital design work and her fulltime job, Collins wanted a new artistic platform of her own. In an interview with VA Mag, Collins spoke on the beginnings of her business. “ComfiArt started as a pillow company. I created pillows and blankets, a lot of stuff that’s comfy.”

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Dominique Jacobs transcends the easel with her attention-grabbing 3D art pieces. Taking inspiration from nature, strong women, and cosmetology, Jacobs’ mixed-media art captures the essence of peace and beauty.

Jacobs’ hometown in New Providence, Bahamas provides her the perfect, tropical landscape to create her artwork. Butterflies are prominent subjects in many of her pieces because she is drawn to the symbolism behind them -- love, transformation, and resurrection.

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The stereotype for an artist is usually a moody, unathletic, quiet person who has spent years dedicated to their craft at an art school. Anthony Ricciardi, breaks all of these stereotypes, and that is clear to anyone who looks at his art or even just his Instagram page. In his profile on the social media platform, he describes himself as “creating artwork & murals around the world, Left a Career in Finance, Former Division 1 NCAA, Spotify & Itunes: MORNING RICHUAL,” complete with emojis. So many things from this profile, like his podcast Morning Richual, which discusses how to use your creative mind, even if you’ve never considered yourself artistic or creative before, but there is also something at the end of his profile that sticks out, especially since he’s an artist known for his use of color: he’s colorblind.

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