Jason Innocent is a conceptual artist based in New York City. His work explores race, language, and contemporary social issues. Innocent first gained notoriety writing conceptual graffiti in lower Manhattan. Innocent was born and raised in Brooklyn Prospect Lefferts Gardens, where he attended Murry Bergtraum High School graduating in 2014. He graduated from the Predominantly Black College Medgar Ever college, named after the civil rights Leader and NCAAP field secretary Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963), who was assassinated in 1963. Innocent was born on January 7, 1995, in Brooklyn, New York. With a Haitian Father and Mother. Innocent became interested in art at a very early age, spending time with his brother producing creative drawings. His early influences included cartoons and anime. Profoundly influences by the writings of William Burroughs, Innocent was inspired to experiment with the cross-referencing and interconnection of images. Innocent's influences were varied, and his paintings often seemed like a chaotic concoction of his rich cultural heritage. There would always be a dark lurking nearby among the downtown street signs, found writing, and consumerist logos. Although often funny, many images would hint at something more disturbing – and his primitive sketches were often seen as a nod to the voodoo culture of Haiti and West Africa.

 

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