About Malik

Memories of my childhood play a tremendous role in my approach to  creating art today. In my early years my mother a single parent lived in fear for my health due to the environmental hazards of San Francisco’s Hunters Point district. I suffered with asthma. Therefore, my innate  interest to drawing and painting became that of a marriage over sports  modeling my pursuit for constant spiritual mental and physical  elevation. Having siblings among others as viewers of my work challenged me to go beyond my limitations. I remember my late grandmother a Barber and tailor sewing for hours at her machine after coming home from work. I would sit at her feet and draw on a paper bag with a pen, marker,  crayon or a number two pencil.

Art is an absolute liberation  of my imagination, a tool I use to communicate and share my  “inner-light.” I have regular memories of my childhood working at the  local super market, helping elders with their shopping bags. Receiving  tips helping my grandmother in her barber shop by sweeping up the hairs  to find money mysteriously hidden in large clumps. At the end of each  service, those who knew me would say, “Keep up the good work and never  stop doing your art.” From these experiences, I have learned the  treasure of focusing on minuet details. Eventually, I realized in my  artistic process that I too would hide treasures.

Living with  this artistic expression is ritualistic in act and meditative in  thought. Many times in the midst of creating, I experience dejavu. The  realization of a single moment is obsolete only until it is captured by a  memory of a stroke; a thought or pause for observation that I have  discovered represents reincarnation of that tangible moment. Because of  this, the very act of creating fine art is imparted with the  relationship and responsibility I have with THE CREATOR. “The purpose of  my existence.”

I also feel it is my duty as self taught  artist to have an internal dialog with the viewer and in many cases the  ancestors, where at this point I find inspiration for artistic expression. Fathering my child, serving my community, drumming, martial  arts, poetry, philosophy and ancestral facts (history), all helps with  the enhancement of my expression, to captures the Black, experience in  America. I enjoy manipulating dry water-based paints, oil pastels, ink  pen, found objects or assemblage. Book illustrations, portraiture, and  public art projects have brought me closer to my community. The purpose  of my compositions is to elevate the social, political, environmental  and spiritual issues of people deeply challenged by oppression. This has  been my greatest enrapture.

Kenya and Haiti are places for instance that influence the bold and dramatic colors in my works. Henry Ossawa Tanner, Aaron Douglas, John Biggers and Jean-Michel Basquiat (to name a few) has inspired my artistic direction. Being an artist and  growing up with-in low-income housing projects, surrounded by the early stages of Hip-Hop, had an immense impact on my ability to create freely.  Although this bold life style of music, poetry, art, dance, and intense  research today seems barbaric. It nevertheless has influenced me to be  boundless in my creative efforts to deliver messages of empowerment to  the indigenous peoples of the world.