Cover model alum, Cavier Coleman embarks on a vivid and artistic painting career that took years to create. Inspired by the likes of Basquiat and Picasso, he uses life experiences to draw inspiration.
Do you still model? Yes. Currently, in the process of seeking new representation. I cannot say who is in the running yet. 😉
How did you become a painter? Honestly, I became interested in painting when I was younger. I just never followed through until I became older and free.
Dead or Alive, what painters or artist inspire you? Why? I would have to say, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Roy Lichtenstein. Their work speaks volume from abstraction, color, truth and being pure geniuses. All of them had their own time and lane. I’m focusing on creating my own path.
How long does it take for you to produce an art piece? That can vary from painting to painting. Some pieces can take up to 6 months depending on medium or mental evolution and some pieces can take up to 2 weeks or even 2 days. It’s about what I’m trying to convey or make people feel in that moment.
Do you find it challenging for people to see your work globally? Yes. It was very hard in the beginning. No one knew who I was so it was hard to get my paintings on the wall but I stuck with it, kept my persistence in elevating my creativity. Eventually, people started responding.
Do you create paintings for private clients? Yes, I do. I’ve painted murals, private collections for homes and restaurants.
Does your work reflect personal trials and tribulations? Yes. That plays a huge part. I’m a very emotional person so with my art I tend to let whatever I feel go with a sense of purity but on a deeper understanding of life. I want to give people a brighter perspective yet truthful reality through my vision of painting.
What’s your favorite piece? Why? I would have to say my favorite piece would have to be ‘Famine’. I made this painting back in 2013. This painting, in particular, reflected my travels to Africa bringing light to their poverty and corrupted systems. I wanted to bring light to the darker side which I felt like I did successfully.
Any shout outs? I would honestly like to thank OBVIOUS Magazine for believing in me and helping me build a modeling, photography, and now an art media platform for over the past 6 years. It has been one amazing ride. ■