Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Atlanta-based visual artist and all around bad ass Fahamu Pecou will be recognized for his amazing talent during this year’s NBAF Fine Art + Fashion event. The annual celebration takes place on March 15 at Neiman Marcus.

Pecou is this year’s winner of the Visual Artist Award and will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Fine Art + Fashion is the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) premiere event and features an eclectic mix of stunning art and exquisite clothing curated by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director—Ken Downing.

Pecou is known for his figurative paintings that reference hip hop, African traditions and the perception of black men. He most recently received his PhD from Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts in visual scholarship, visual culture, anthropology, and race & gender.

His work has appeared in galleries around the world including his most recently installation (Miroirs De L’Homme) in Paris, France and is currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC). He also teamed up with another Atlanta-based artist, Fabian, for a new art installation at Atlanta’s Ashby Street MARTA station titled, The People Could Fly. This is part of the city’s revitalization of the historic Westside district.

Pecou’s art work has also appeared on Lee Daniel‘s hit series Empire and is admired by music icons Beyoncé and Jay Z.  Check out my UPFRONT interview with him during our first season.

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Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com + Artwork Archive