S. Darius Parker was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. Initially, his desire for the arts came from his mother’s dedication and passion of the arts. But, after several careers and 5 ½ years in the Air Force, he determinedly chased his own art passion and pursued a Graphic Design degree from The Arts Institute.
Darius uses symbolism and visual metaphors to explore multifaceted social and political issues of the past and the present. His strong roots growing up in Atlanta: the red clay, the magnolia trees, the southern slang, the cotton field hymnals, the long hot summer day, all are a catalyst for his artworks.
Darius is inspired by artists Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Marks, and Shepard Fairey. His acrylic paintings combine the artistic styles of expressionism and the simplistic concepts of Graphic Design and Typography.
Times Magazine article - Jan 29, 2021 https://time.com/5932847/black-art-chad-sanders/