Radcliffe Bailey (American, born 1968)
Bailey experiments with multiple types of media and layers of imagery in each artwork. He is also heavily influenced by his African heritage – believing that by translating his personal experiences, he can achieve an understanding of, and a healing from, a universal history. In his words: “My art is about history and the mystery of history. Scientists, preachers, tricksters, they are my muses.” He creates with found materials, pieces from his past, along with traditional African sculpture, piano keys, and Georgia red clay. Bailey does not identify with one specific label as he refers to himself plainly as: an artist, taking on the tasks of the painter, the sculptor, and the political activist. He was born in Bridgeton, NJ, attended Atlanta College of Art, and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.