Artist Statement

Mensah Bey is a native of Richmond, VA residing in Norfolk, VA. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Hampton University and his Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from Norfolk State University. As an illustrator, painter, and printmaker, Bey explores the digital realm as a commentary on contemporary society. His graphic, hard-edged style is reminiscent of the works of Aaron Douglass Jacob Lawrence. Bey often draws inspiration from the Surrealist movement that challenged our perceptions of truth and reality, viewing the virtual world as an evolutionary subconscious that bridges our imaginations with the physical world.