Presentation By Samuel Adoquei: “The Skin Tones Project,” Celebrating The Beauty Of Evolution

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This talk will expand upon “ The Skin Tones Project, ” a companionate project of Adoquei’s written works and his mission as an artist working in traditional oil painting. The presentation explores the history of western art and portraiture, with a humanitarian approach to its future.In addition to discussing portraiture as a vehicle for abandoning prejudice and honoring human beauty in its many forms, the speaker will offer practical and technical tools for artists on how to render a range of skin tones in paint. Adoquei plans to include the unique benefits of studying these ideas at The Art Students League.

About Samuel Adoquei:
Samuel Adoquei is a prolific artist and author. As a student first arrived in the United States,he won the Gold Medal in Oil Painting and Best Traditional Oil Painting awards at the Knickerbockers Artists Annual International Exhibition, and he remains the only African artist to teach at all of prestigious art institutions and academies in New York City. The artist’s paintings have appeared on the covers of books, magazines and newspapers, including a New York Times article about his painting, “The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.” In 2019 a short documentary film about the artist, “The Unseen Beauty” directed by Gabriel De Urioste, was screened nationwide, including at the Manhattan Film Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Adoquei’s artworks have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and at other galleries and museums. The artist’s portraits are in the collections of The Harvard Club, New York City; Columbia University, New York City; Elliot Museum, Stuart,Florida; The National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida; The Long Island Museum of Art; Châteaux Pecany, Bergerac, France; and in many other private collections. Recently,the city of Pomport, Bergerac, France awarded Mr. Adoquei the City’s Medal of Honor for his contribution and dedication to the arts and culture of the area. In 2011, Mr. Adoquei was invited to join the Board of Advisors of the Portrait Society of America.

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