Artists at NIAD

NIAD is a progressive art studio providing professional guidance for adults with disabilities to explore creativity, acquire new skills, and earn money from selling art. NIAD has a talented and skilled staff with connections in the contemporary art world and fosters a  supportive community and environment.

NIAD Art Center, 551 23rd Street Richmond, CA 94804. Telephone: (510) 620-0290

Hacer Acma has only recently begun to create at NIAD Art Center.

Mireya Betances sorts through her environment for images and text to use in her work. Whether it’s an ad in a magazine or a completed drawing from another artist, all is fair play for Mireya’s starting place. The results — often with essential letters missing or the scale out of whack — are uniquely hers.

Deatra Colbert shows her fandom of sports entertainment, specifically wrestling, primarily on paper, though she works across numerous media. Her drawings obsessively detail the goings-on of her favorite athlete/actors.

Felicia Griffin began creating at NIAD at age 22 in 1985. Proficient and prolific in numerous art mediums — from printmaking to painting to sculpture — her work uses an economy of materials, while featuring a rhythm and vibrancy all her own.

Raven Harper’swork explores the African American experience. In ceramics or fiber, Harper captures likenesses of Tupac and his mother, Smokey Robinson and Rosa Parks, connecting her present with a glorious and sometimes overlooked past.

Erika Martinez’ work features a flatness of space first espoused by Picasso. Her portrait paintings sport a vibrant palette that seems to blast the image off of any intended picture plane.

Michael Nuñez has only recently begun to create at NIAD Art Center.

Joseph Rux has only recently begun to create at NIAD Art Center.

Jonathan Valvidias prefers moody colors but goes multi-pigmented for the many images he says are self-portraits. The resulting narratives reflect his self-perception and emotional sensitivities as well as his mastery of acrylics.

Billy White weaves stories through his figurative drawings and paintings, explaining that the narrative forms in his head while he is drawing. Often dredging up long forgotten gems of African American popular culture, White’s subjects range from film, television and art world celebrities and characters to hip hop artists and comedians; as well as imagined characters. He is represented exclusively by SHRINE in New York.