Virtuous Black, 2022, 48″ x 36″ inches, Acrylic and flash paint on canvas
I was investigating my photos and found a holiday portrait of my son as an angel. I decided to re-imagine his photograph into a painting.
Virtuous Black is similar to the composition of Leonardo DaVinci’s The Vitruvian Man drawn in about 1490. The drawing was an attempt to illustrate principles of Vitruvius, a Roman architect who described the proportions of the human body in De architectura. In their search for God and man’s infinite connection to the universe, DaVinci as well as other Caucasian artists, scientists, Christians/Catholics, sought to record and define ideal human proportions, limiting the expectations of these inquiries to white males. Virtuous Black is in conversation with the history of being ethical and Black. It challenges antiquated negative connotations that have been used historically to undermine competition by EXCLUSION.
My art speaks to the boundless potential in humanity and the ways our pasts can inform our future for the better. My goal is to have viewers question their condition(s) in ways that bring about helpful inner inquiry and thoughtful discussion.
Elan Cadiz is an interdisciplinary North American Visual Artist that deconstructs and balances her intersectionality through her projects. Her art and practice are grounded in the documentation of her personal narrative through the use of historical imagery and the domestic. Cadiz sees herself as a cultural interpreter and visual documentarian. She immerses herself in environments, documenting the familiar and the unfamiliar all the while expressing these inquiries with artworks she create. The artworks created and the materials used are all determined by her experience and interactions with the places and people she comes in contact with, in the present and the past. Elan Cadiz graduated from City College of New York with a BA in Studio Art and received a MFA Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts where she was awarded the SVA Merit Scholarship, Paul Rhodes Memorial Award and the Martha Trevor Award. Cadiz has been commissioned by the Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo de Barrio, Art in Flux Harlem, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and more. She was one of the first Sustainable Arts Foundation AIRspace Parent Artist Resident at Abrons Art Center and her An American Family Album series was featured in VOGUE. Her artworks can also be found in New American Paintings magazine, issue #146 and #153.