James Sepyo (1933-2008)

Born June 29, 1933. The expansive work of master artist James Sepyo is characterized by his understanding of the ancestral force and its relationship to life. Storytelling is center
to his delivery; each of his works tells its own, bearing witness to life's lessons, and acknowledging the ancestors' teachings. Sepyo was a member of the distinguished WEUSI Art Collective (NYC). They were dedicated to folding elements of African art into their experiences as African-Americans and bringing arts to their own community. Sepyo exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum, The Schomburg Center, Benin Gallery, The National Afro-American Museum, and Rutgers State University. James Sepyo selected exhibitions: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Jamaica, NY Weusi: The
Movement, A Renaissance in Retrospect, 1995. Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Blackness in Color: Visual Expressions of the Black Arts Movement (1960 to present), 2000. Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY, An Evolving Tradition [NCA Exhibition], 2007.