About

About

Justin Stafford is an interdisciplinary visual artist and muralist from Gainesville, Florida. He is a Political Science graduate of Davidson College and Ebony Awards recipient. He is a current student, Leslie King Hammond Fellow and a MICA Community Endowed Fellow for the Mt. Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the Mount Royal School of Art Multidisciplinary MFA program. He is also a graduate of the MICA Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts program. He got his start in the art world through graffiti in his teens that soon turned into an all-consuming passion informing his aesthetic interests.  Primarily a self-taught artist, he has since turned to fine art and design with a focus on large-scale commissions in public spaces. Known for his murals, acrylic paintings, prints, videos, sculptures and installations, his style is influenced by graffiti, tattoos, contemporary graphic design, urban life and global communities. He has painted live art for audiences at various events in Florida and North Carolina. Also he has been commissioned to do murals in Gainesville, Charlotte, Durham and Washington DC including the Multicultural House at Davidson College. Justin employs art as a means to foster cultural understanding, awareness of critical social/political issues to inform us of our humanity. For Justin art is spiritual engagement- a quickener of consciousness that brings diverse peoples together. It creates beauty in spaces, even in unlikely spaces, that translates into creating beauty in our minds and hearts. He hopes to utilize his artistic talents to serve communities and a world enhanced by the arts.