My Art Assignment This Week

• Lizette Gary aka Baye was born 1978 in Miami, Florida

After many successful years of International art exhibitions, establishing her own branded boutique and getting scooped up by serious art collectors around the globe, Baye is ready to make some noise in her hometown of Miami. 

My job is to make it happen. 

Baye’s modern day hieroglyphics can be seen on canvases, walls, furniture, fashion, books, and accessories. Some of them will be on display for a month, starting this Saturday night, at the Williams McCall Gallery, 110 Washington Ave. 

 

All Baye’s masterpieces are intentionally designed to enlighten people worldwide. In Swahili, Baye means Strength Within the Soul.

 

Baye is of Bahamian (mother) and Geechee (father) descent.  She has an 18 year old daughter, Yani Nakumbe and a five year old son, Amurru Z’marai. 

Baye is a self born artist (witnessed by her family). She sold her first painting at the age of nine. Baye has been winning awards and contests since 1985 from the NAACP.  

Baye is an alumni of Design & Architecture Senior High (D.A.S.H) in Miami. She won a scholarship from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1996

In 1994 Baye was the only student from D.A.S.H that was selected as the model designer for the Miami Design District by Anna Bucchelli’s Interior Design company

Baye was also one of two selected as an Intern Graphic Designer for the Miami Herald Newspaper in 1995 while attending D.A.S.H

Baye opened her first shop in Italy called Baye Art Boutique. She had the honor of being named the “Most Interesting Foreign Artist” in memory of Italy’s 18th century Artist Guiseppe De’Nittis in 2003.

Baye is fluent in Italian and also speaks southern and northern dialect.

Baye has completed her first full art production at Svevo Castello (castle) in Italy and was recognized as “Most Interesting Black Independent Female Artist.” 

Maya Angelou, R.I.P and Erykah Badu were present at Baye’s exhibition in 2002 and 2003 in Miami, Florida

Baye is a poet, songwriter and a vocalist in Italy where she released her first underground single called “Imagine Me and Ransom Noise.” 

Baye also taught arts and crafts to children at Feinberg  Fisher in South Beach and taught English at Westminster College in Italy.

That’s quite a life so far. 

 

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