Illustrator and ARTivist Nikkolas Smith creates powerful images that inspire important conversations around social justice. From Michelle Obama to Janet Jackson, his work has been shared by some of the most well-recognized names on the planet. You may have seen his heartfelt portrait of George Floyd circulating on social media in the wake of his murder by police in mid-2020, or his illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. in a hoodie to express solidarity shortly after the killing of Trayvon Martin.
This week on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast, we dive into Nikkolas Smith’s creative process and how through his ARTivism, he wishes to make a difference and give a voice to the voiceless. The “impact” theme of season two is strong in this episode as Nikkolas talks about using his art to make the future a better place for his son. In addition, Nikkolas answers your listener questions, sharing advice for other artists of color looking to make money from their art.
This is a great episode for any artist or art lover wanting to know more about sparking conversations and empowering marginalized groups with their work. Nikkolas Smith’s story shows how art can be more than a beautiful drawing on a page or a stunning painting on a canvas; but also, it could be the catalyst for meaningful social change.
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