“Murals are a symbolic way to express the beauty that can sometimes be hidden within a neighborhood,” he said. “My hope is that murals inspire others to act and activate the spaces that they inhabit.”
And soon, his art may be somewhere else - on his fans’ backs. He’s working with artists Chris and Elliott Rogers to produce a line of jackets and other clothing items that feature his paintings.
“The way to really ‘see’ art is to live with it,” Lateef said. “I want to encourage folks to buy the work and take it home so that they can be a part of it.”
“They seem like a family over there,” he said. “They’re super helpful and what I especially like is their willingness to show you how to do things on your own.”
He’s also passionate about Radiant City, a creative collective and consulting group he co-founded with musician Ben Cohen and poet Akili Jackson. Radiant City uses visual art, music, and spoken word poetry to encourage leadership and positive communication skills in youth. The group has launched projects at Toledo School for the Arts, the Toledo Arts Commission’s Young Artists at Work program, The Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo Public Schools, as well as juvenile detention centers in Michigan.
Laura Jajko is President of American Frame and a longtime contributor to "A Good Frame of Mind." Here, she delights in bonding with others over her love of art and framing. With more than 40 years of practical experience, she brings a unique perspective in a straightforward style that she hopes will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialogue in our online community. Connect with Laura directly here on the blog or follow her on Twitter @LauraJajko.