"I am blessed to have this young lady by my side. She is smart, talented, and energetic, and she helps me with my business ventures so that I can also dedicate my time to being CREATIVE. She is a valued asset to my life."
Nefertiti Nakiya is a DMV artist who was born in Boston, MA. At the young age of four, her mother saw her potential and placed her in art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Nefertiti fell in love with galleries/exhibitions and knew then that she was destined to become an artist. In 1999, Nefertiti moved to Prince George’s County Maryland with her mother. Even though she was studying dance, she always found time and space to create art using recycled material found around her mothers work place. Her mother placed her into a specialty sculpture class at Montgomery College of Art & Design, preparing her to become a student in the Visual & Performing Arts Program at Suitland High School. While in the Sculpture and Painting & Drawing department, her work was showcased at multiple sculpture competitions. By 2011, Nefertiti graduated with an amazing portfolio and decided to attend Virginia Commonwealth University as the only African-American female in the Sculpture Department. Even though she dealt with racial tensions and biases, Nefertiti was able to graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Sculpture & Extended Media in 2016. She was able to learn how to master material such as metal and glass casting.
During her time at University, she worked at Brentwood Arts Exchange, a local art gallery in the Hyattsville area, where she learned the business side of managing an art gallery. She also instructed art classes and art camps for students of all ages. Unfortunately, the racial discrimination she felt in the Sculpture Department at VCU took a toll on Nefertiti, therefore, she decided to take a step back from art for 3 years in order to find herself and her voice again. In pursuit of happiness, Nefertiti decided to join the team at Busboys & Poets in hopes to reintegrate herself back into the art world. There is where she met Keiona Clark, CEO of Keiona Clark Art and DMV League of Artists. By January of 2020 Nefertiti and Keiona found something they were both looking for. Keiona needed help building her prospering business and brand while Nefertiti needed a home and family of artist that looked liked her. Nefertiti is now an upcoming muralist, sculptor, and artist assistant with Keiona Clark Art and DMV League of Artists. She also uses her art and her voice to speak on the injustice of black people by protesting, organizing and creating artwork with the cause of Black Lives Matter. Nefertiti hopes to become a metal sculptor and an art therapist for hospitalized children in the near future.
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