OF KIP OMOLADE
KIP OMOLADE, illustrator, educator and fine artist was born in Harlem, New
York. Currently residing in Brooklyn, he strives to expand the
traditional boundaries of art by combining the influences of fantasy
illustration, Hip-Hop art, and abstract imagery.
During his teenage years, Kip actively pursued training at The Children's
Art Carnival and The Cooper Union Saturday Program. He also interned
at Marvel Comics, Novo Arts and The Center for African Art. Upon
graduating from City-As-School High School, Kip was accepted by The School
of Visual Arts where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
As a freelance artist, Kip has designed various logos for record companies
and small businesses. He has also painted a book cover for Routledge
Press, album covers for Glover Records and magazine illustrations for The
Source, Rap Pages and Stress. He has designed children's books for
3rd World Press and for the musical The Wiz, as well as animation
character layouts for MCA Records, PBS and Nickelodeon. Presently he
illustrates monthly magazine editorials for Hype Hair and Try It Yourself
In 1994 Kip began teaching art to emotionally disturbed students at The
Robert F. Kennedy Academy, a New York City Board of Education high school.
The experience led him to understand the healing and educational
possibilities of art. While teaching, he earned a Master degree in
Special Education from The City College of New York.
Illustrating and teaching has led Kip to develop his own vision. His
paintings have been exhibited regularly at Thoughtforms Underground, a
Tribeca based gallery. Kip's paintings have also been featured at
The University of Virginia, The Black Expo in New York, Philadelphia and
Washington and local businesses.
For more information on purchasing and catalog of Kip Omolade's work
contact him: Kip Omolade