If you are a lover of black art then you’re going to absolutely love our next feature featuring Marcus Kwame. Marcus Kwame’s shop you can find prints and originals which are limited edition. Enough talk and onto the feature.

1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m an artist living in the capital region of upstate New York. I’ve
been making art for as long as I can remember. My cousin introduced me
to comic books at a young age and I was hooked. I loved the stories but I
was even more inspired by the way that the artists were able to bring
narratives to life using sequential art. It wasn’t long before I was
drawing my own characters and creating my own comics. I am still writing
and drawing comics to this day.

I also developed a love of painting. As I grew older and learned more
about the rich cultural heritage of my people, my art naturally began to
reflect the African diaspora. I am particularly interested in
representing the diversity of that diaspora. I believe the arts can be a
powerful vehicle for change. I have a lot to say and art is how I am
most comfortable communicating.

2.What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?
First and foremost, I’m the father of a wonderful two year old girl. I
also work full time as an art teacher and lend my talents to community
work and projects.

3. What do you offer in your Etsy shop and shops?
I currently offer original art, paintings, and greeting cards. I will
also be opening up a second Etsy shop featuring illustrations for
children later this year.

4.Where do you create?
I create most of my work at home in my art room.

5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from everywhere. I mentioned earlier that much of
my work represents the African diaspora, but I’m open to other sources
of inspiration. I am inspired by my daughter. Music has always been a
big inspiration to me. I listen to a lot of reggae, jazz, blues, hip-hop
and soul music. Life in general is where I get my inspiration from.

6. How did you get started in your line of business?
When I graduated from college I began to sell my art locally at craft
fairs and festivals. I also exhibited my work in local galleries. In
2007 I created a website for my art to reach a larger audience and
opened my etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/marcuskwame.

7. How do you promote your business?
I do a lot of promotion online through social networking. I’m also a
part of the Etsy Artists of Color street team, where shop owners network
and support each other. I also believe in the value of word of mouth
promotion. I give out postcards and business cards for my sites whenever
possible.

8. What is one of your most important lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?
Being online can open you up to a worldwide audience, but without a
continuous effort to bring traffic to your site you will become lost in
the crowd.

9. What is some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?
Here are some, but I know there are many others that I’m forgetting.

Shadra Strickland’s shop (www.etsy.com/shop/shadrieka)
Jen Wojtowicz (www.etsy.com/shop/jenwojtowicz)
Jerise (www.etsy.com/shop/jerise)
Lark Calderon Gomez (www.etsy.com/shop/larkcalderongomez)
Baby D Baby (www.etsy.com/shop/babydbaby)
Thepairabirds (www.etsy.com/shop/thepairabirds)
Aleebird (www.etsy.com/shop/aleebird)

You can find Marcus Kwame online at:
Website: www.marcuskwame.com
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/marcuskwame
Blog: http://www.marcuskwame.blogspot.com/

Here’s some great art that can be found at Marcue Kwame:

Lady Day 14×17 Archival Print

Martin Luther King Injustice Archival Print

Marvins Sepia Blues Print

Holiday Kwanzaa card Umoja

Sun Daughter