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Name: Antoinette Cauley

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Bio: From an early age, Antoinette found comfort and security in her set of pencils and sketch pad. She would spend hours a day at school, her local Boys & Girls Club and at home drawing. Throughout her teenage years, Antoinette was able to perfect her color pencil technique and advance in to college level art courses as a high school student. Art seemed to be the only thing that ever made sense to Antoinette. Her ability to create art was the only real sense of stability she found as a youth. She knew that she had been given a special gift to create and that one day she could use it to change lives. It was her lifeline, her way of escaping the everyday struggle she and her family had to face.

Being a Phoenix native, Antoinette's work is very reflective of her city- the gritty and the beautiful. Her work is heavily influenced by rap music and hip hop culture with a focus on social injustice and politics. She combines the grittiness of inner city turmoil, war and tragedy with the beauty of music, vibrant color, texture, pattern and an emotionally driven message.

Currently Antoinette works as a full time artist in her studio in Phoenix, Arizona. She also works with youth ages 5-18, teaching art classes that focus on drawing, painting and color theory.


Social Media: Instagram @AntoinetteCauley_Art

What is your biggest accomplishment to date in your artistic journey and why? 

If I had to pinpoint one one accomplishment as my biggest, it would have to be quitting my job to become a full-time artist. It took a huge leap of faith, as well of two years of work to get to that point. Once I quit, I was able to experience a level of freedom that I never knew existed. 

What is the best aspect that you love about your art process and why?:

All of my work is inspired by music. I name my paintings after song quotes. The best part of my process is finding new music and letting it inspire me is whatever way it chooses. It's unpredictable and always exiting!

What advice would you give the younger you and why?: 

I would tell my younger self to be brave, dream big and above all love yourself! You're going to do some major things in this life of yours and self love is going to be crucial.


Social Media: Instagram @AntoinetteCauley_Art