Brooklyn based Afrocentric mixed-media painter and digital artist.
Cj Priester is an African-American artist and educator born and raised in Brooklyn. She received a formal education in Fine Arts and Art History from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She then went on to get her MA in Education at the Long Island University (Brooklyn). Her eccentric work blends aspects of mixed media, abstraction, digital art, and collage with Afrocentric realism. Her colorful art is centered around themes of self-exploration, and what it means to be a Black woman in America. Her work focuses on accentuating the lips and noses of African American women while amalgamating parts of their bodies with elements of nature. In a recent interview, Cj stated, “Much of my work is dedicated to revealing the beauty and power within Black women. I used the word ‘reveal’ because Black women are not only underrepresented in art but also misunderstood in American society. As Black women, we have to journey to discover our worth and strive to make our mark. My art is part of that journey. This is why everything I create is done with the intent to present Black women in a different, bold, and empowering light.”