About The Artist

Curtis Newkirk Jr. is an artist from Northern VA, who currently resides in Richmond, VA. Curtis graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and has previously shown work at several exhibitions and won many awards over the years. Most recently, he was featured in the New American Paintings 2020 South Issue, as well as in the 2020 documentary, The Builder. Curtis primarily works with oil and acrylic on wood. His style of work involves bold colors, detailed objects and figures, mixed with abstract brush work. His paintings are an extension of his identity and life experiences. They are inspired by black culture, heavily influenced by hip-hop, fashion, his southern roots, and love for the city. Curtis strives to create work that portrays African Americans in a powerful and positive way, and to represent black and brown people in the art community.


Nov, 6th 1989, Woodbridge, Va


2022 | “Black Void” Black Iris Gallery, Richmond, Va (solo)

2021  | 3rd Annual Charity Art Gala, Black History Museum & Cultural Center, Richmond, Va (group)

2021  “Zone 10” Eden Airlines, Richmond, Va (group)

2020 “FOUR HORSEMEN & THE APOCALYPSE” Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, Va (group)

2019  | National Juried Exhibition, The Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC

2014  | “Life Beyond the Mist” Massey Cancer Center at VCU, Richmond, Va (solo)

2014  “Life Beyond the Mist” Barcode First Friday, Richmond, Va (solo)

2012  |“Re-Form” Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, Va (group)

2009 | 14th Annual Juried Exhibition, League of Reston Artist, Reston, Va


2020 | The Builder, Art Documentary, Featured Artist, Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, Va

2020 | New American Paintings, South Issue 148, Featured Artist Pg. 170-173


2020 | RVA Magazine, “Building A Collection, Building A Scene.” 21 October 2020



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