Artist Muhammad Yungai

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I am becoming the artist I've always wanted to be. After receiving praise and guidance at a very early age from my father, what started as a hobby, became a fascination, then a mission.
I'm mostly a self-taught artist, although acclaimed New Orleans’ artist, Richard Thomas, introduced me to painting in high school. At the same time I found the works of William Tolliver and was tremendously inspired.  Finding Tolliver was a gift and a curse.  I found his work so compelling that nothing I did seemed to measure up. I began working feverishly on canvas, with little success, unable to satisfy my own expectations of originality. I didn’t want to be another artist copying someone else. Finally, exhausted and frustrated, I stopped painting.
  ...10 Years later, I began painting again, I needed pursue my creative dream.  However, before fully developed as an artist, I took a job as an art teacher at the school my daughters attended.  My years as an art teacher made me profoundly better as an artist, and accidentally gave my work more purpose! It became a calling, to add more color and warmth to the school that I worked, through small murals.  As a result, other principals in the network began asking me to do murals at their schools. Now, you can step inside most any of the acclaimed KIPP Charter schools in the Metro Atlanta area and it will be difficult to not see one of my murals. 
My vibrantly colored murals depicting inspirational and diverse images of people of color adorn the walls in the hallways, classrooms, and lobbies. With my wife as my business partner, I am now fulfilling a mission to create school murals across America, to inspire students, and make the educational experience warmer and brighter for them and their teachers.


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