COBY KENNEDY UNITED STATES, b 1977
Coby Kennedy is known for his powerful depictions of life in America that focus on challenging cultural realities. His work upends popular stereotypes and archetypical imagery in service of a bold, speculative, Afrofuturist vision.
Born and raised in Washington, DC in an arts and academia family (his father was Dean of the Art Department at Howard University and his mother was a working artist as well as a university professor), Kennedy has transformed an unflinching confrontation with both history and current events into a set of fantastical scenarios and characters that elevate our most challenging narratives to the level of mythology. With a background in industrial auto design, he embraces multiple materials that graphically embody the content of his works, including metal, fiberglass and bullet proof kevlar. Acknowledging the reality that, “...we (humans) are really good at finding reasons and innovative ways to kill each other,” his works explore everything from gentrification to racist violence to light & dark skin colorism within the Black community.
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