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Today we’d like to introduce you to Attiba Royster.

Attiba, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in Philadelphia in 80’s. I was obsessed with the popular cartoons of the day, especially G.I. Joe and Transformers. I would make up my own stories and characters and make action figures out of cardboard to bring these stories to life. I have always been creative.

When I was young hip-hop broke on the scene in my neighborhood and suddenly people were being lauded more for their ability to draw, or rhyme more than their ability on the basketball court. I learned that people valued my ability to make the things in my mind real.

I eventually attended and graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in animation. I moved to San Diego in 2007. My inspiration is drawn from my youth, growing up in the midst of the outbreak of hip-hop, also from the May cartoons, movies, comics and video games that helped mold me into the nerd I am today.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make illustration and paintings inspired by popular culture and hip-hop culture, I use a wide range of media from digital to acrylics. I love the culture I was brought up in, the 80’s and 90’s, The simple joys of seeing a character you love, getting really excited for a new movie or hearing a new song from your favorite artist. I hope with my work I am able to help people find these memories and remember the feelings they provoked. Also I want to do stuff that’s really cool!

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
It’s no secret we are living in a polarized political climate. There are some very challenging issues facing all pf us in America today. I personally feel that I should use my talents to highlight the things we have in common as humans and as Americans.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I show in many places in San Diego but mostly in Hillcrest, North Park, and Barrio Logan. This spring, I’ putting on a show featuring myself and many other local artists at the Tenth Avenue Art Center in downtown San Diego. The show is called 90’s movies the art show and, as you may have guessed, we will be doing works inspired by our favorite movies from the 90’s The show is May 11-13.

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All images bay Attiba Royster

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