Cinque Artists Talk with Ronnie Phillips

Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Virtual on Zoom/Youtube/Facebook

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Free and open to the public.

“My goal is that the viewers will be drawn to reflect on their life experiences and ideologies,” Phillips says. “I aspire to assist others to deepen their process of self-reflection through my work.”

-Ronnie Phillips Artist Photographer

pictured: (left) Boy with Hat 2022; Village Flowers 2021

About Ronnie Phillips

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ronnie Phillips worked there as an artist, educator, and photographer. During his career, Phillips was the photographer for the Olympic Committee and has photographed celebrities, such as Tony Bennett and Red Foxx. He has featured his children in many of his paintings. Ronnie’s insightful works display cultures from America’s rural heartlands to the villages and cities in West Africa and Brazil.

Phillips began as a freelance photographer in Los Angeles, his hometown, and progressed from having over 100 photographs of celebrities published in magazines such as TV Guide, Essence, and Ebony Magazines to developing his own unique take on art photography.

He began with an array of whimsical, warmly hand-colored photographs of children in period clothing. He then moved into bolder photographic statements. He juxtaposed the graffiti and poverty of then gang-infested Los Angeles against the beauty of youth aspiring to dreams far beyond their harsh daily surroundings.

Expanding his talents, Phillips took up painting and injected new possibilities into his work with mixed media. His works now vary from colorful collages of his images to acrylic paintings embedded with his award-winning photographic accents.

Ronnie Phillip’s work has received national praise and awards. His art now graces the homes of Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry and Cecily Tyson, entertainment icon Bill Cosby, comedians and television and film actors Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier and directors Spike Lee and Bill Duke, legendary recording artist Dionne Warwick, television and film actors C.C. Pounder, Glynn Turman, and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

He now resides in Atlanta, GA, and participates in at least 20 shows annually.

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The Cinque Artist Program is named after the Cinque Gallery founded by artists Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and Ernest Crichlow in the late 60s. The gallery served as a catalyst for artists and curators of color to exhibit, but also as a place for networking and building community. Our series promotes presentations from professionals, and practical information, as well as provides a platform for artists to showcase their work. We encourage adult artists, students, and enthusiasts to share in discussions in an intimate setting.

Topics include global travel, artist portfolios, Uptown Galleries, and more. This is the second year the Foundation has partnered with the Harlem School of the Arts to host the series.

This program is part of the Harlem Cultural Collaborative of Harlem One Stop

And the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation

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