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Hasani Sahlehe was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The Atlanta-based artist employs color and material to engage the viewer spiritually, cognitively, and emotionally. Sahlehe’s practice comprises a syncretic visual language that references music, lived experience, and the history of painting. His luminous palette and lyrical compositions often abstract environmental phenomena and distill into vibrant fields of color. Sahlehe contemplates parallels between humanity and the physical and conceptual malleability of paint by incorporating a variety of painting approaches ranging from airbrush to pours of thick resin-like acrylic gel medium. Sahlehe likens paint’s ability to exist in various states of matter to the way that humanness is at once tactile and intangible. Sahlehe has had solo shows at the Atlanta Contemporary, SCAD Museum of Art, 106 Green (New York), Resort (Baltimore), 12.26 (Dallas), MINT (Atlanta), and Westobou (Augusta, GA). Recent press include ArtMaze Magazine, Bmore Art, Burnaway, Savannah Magazine, Art Papers, and New American Paintings.