The visual artist is unafraid to upset the status quo.
Inspired by the intersection of race, politics and pop culture, Tylonn J. Sawyer creates multifaceted works of expression that are reflective, insightful and educational. With a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University, Sawyer’s art is the byproduct of a well-read man with lived experiences.
Sawyer says art can be a catalyst for social change. “Whether you empathize with my work or choose not to, it has a lot of facts and honesty. It is the factual and cold truth that’s driving the emotions of what we are seeing today,” he says. Because he draws on those ever-present topics, he’s able to “cultivate” work that has a certain “matter-of-factness” – and challenges the mythology of America.