Andre grew up between Morristown, NJ and St. Ann, Jamaica. The stark contrast in racial demography between the two made him acutely sensitive to the role race plays in forming an individual’s sense of personal identity, history, and culture. His work is grounded in this perspective.
After earning a degree in Computer Science from Duke University, Andre moved to New York and began a career in advertising, helping companies use digital technology to reach a wider audience for their brands. But in 2009, realizing that his “tech side” had dominated his “creative side” for the better part of a decade, Andre made a decision: he would take a month-long sabbatical from his job to explore his artistic pursuits – and within days, he had rediscovered his passion for oil painting. Two years later, having simultaneously maintained a full-time and award-winning advertising career, he had created a small but cohesive collection of work he felt might be worthy of presentation.
A handful of years later, Andre has made a name for himself as an emerging young talent, and his work has been exhibited in New York and elsewhere, including: the “eMerge: Danny Simmons and Artists on the Cusp” and “Art in Flux” shows in Harlem, NY; a solo exhibition at the FrontRunner Gallery in Manhattan, NY; and the BIT Conference at SXSW in Austin, TX. Most recently, his paintings were featured at the 2014 Jamaica Biennial in Kingston, Jamaica.
Andre is predominantly viewed as a “visual storyteller,” heavily influenced by his background in technology, the Black experience, and themes such as the pixilation of imagery and analog vs. digital media. Since his first solo show in 2012, he’s experimented with various mediums such as oil paint, pushpins, photography, and street art. He’s commissioned public and private works, and sold pieces to New York and LA-based art collectors.
Andre recently built his own studio in his family’s hometown of Chalky Hill, Jamaica. He currently travels between New York and Jamaica.
B.A. 2003 Duke University Durham, NC
2013 Blacks in Technology, SXSW Austin, TX
2012 Bruised Thumbs, Frontrunner Gallery New York, NY
2014 Jamaica Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
2014 Iconic32 Arts + Creativity, Bucketfeet Popup New York, NY
2014 Kris Bowers Visual Album, Neuehouse New York, NY
2014 Black + White, Art in Flux, Aloft Hotel New York, NY
2014 AOTA Black History Artists, DTCC Jersey City, NJ
2014 Crown is Already Paid For, Atrium Gallery Morristown, NJ
2013 Nothing is Colorproof, Art in Flux, Aloft Hotel New York, NY
2013 Vanderbilt Republic: AFTH, Gowanus Lofts Brooklyn, NY
2013 Guinness Live It Up, Sander Studios Brooklyn, NY
2013 eMerge: Marvin Van Peebles & Artists, Strivers Garden Gallery NY, NY
2013 Summer Artist Showcase, DJ Scratch Academy New York, NY
2012 Art Speaks, Art in Flux Harlem Gallery New York, NY
2012 eMerge: Danny Simmons & Artists, Strivers Garden Gallery New York, NY
2012 Harlem Arts Festival, Marcus Garvey Park New York, NY
2011 Judge and Jury, Kianga Ellis Projects Brooklyn, NY
The International Review of African American Art, Vol.24 No. 2
Parallax Conversation Series, National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Art + Technology, Duke University Durham, NC
2014, “Buttons” Commission, Renaissance Hotel New York, NY
2014, “Attitude is Everything” Commission, Renaissance Hotel New York, NY
2014, “Invisible Hieroglyphics” Commission, Arrow Electronics Denver, CO
2012, “Untitled” Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners New York, NY