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Arts in Milwaukee

A Public Service Of Milwaukee Artist Resource Network

  • “Jazz”Jazz

Anwar Floyd-Pruitt

  • Art
  • Film
I am an Art Professional I am a Film Professional

artist bio

As a child, I acted in commercials; school plays, and sang in the high school choir. As an undergraduate psychology major at Harvard College, I began writing and performing stand-up and sketch comedy.

My formal education in art is limited to two college courses, “Painting With Attitude” and an introductory mixed-media studio. After presenting an installation, that I believed to be my best work, the instructor commented, ”Anwar. I don’t know if this is too much or not enough.” I agreed with her and thought that that was why the piece was so compelling.

I produced the internationally distributed horror film, Heebie Jeebies, in my mid-twenties, and then began shooting short films of my own. While living in New York, I embraced fabric art, graffiti, stencil art, collage, and printmaking. More recently I am trying my hand at mixed-media and found object sculpture.

Through working with children as a mentor, science teacher, and art instructor, my work has become increasingly concerned with social issues and the empowerment of marginalized communities.

artist statement

“You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.” -Pablo Picasso

I find inspiration in the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, and Henri Matisse. I also generate ideas from street art, cartoons, electron microscope images and aerial views of landscapes. I believe that by stepping back to get a broader view or looking more closely than I am accustomed to, I can find interesting patterns in even the most mundane things.

My formal education in art is limited to two college courses, a class called “Painting With Attitude” and an introductory mixed-media studio. After presenting an installation, that I believed to be my best work, the instructor commented, ”Anwar… I don’t know if this is too much or not enough.” I agreed with her.

My recent series “Skullife” and “Black Pain” have deep personal meaning, rooted in my desire to live a happy and healthy life.