Jaii Marc Renee :
A Queer Black Voice on Canvas
March 2 – April 30, 2020
The Great Room Gallery | Gallery Hours: Tue. – Thr., 3:00 – 6:00p
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven
December 9 – 31, 2020
The Chez Est Gallery | Gallery Hours : Wed – Thr 5:00p – 1:00a, Sun 5:00p – 11:00p
Chez Est, 458 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford
The artist known as Jaii Marc Renee has been an artist since his early years, when he began to draw cartoons for family and friends. It wasn’t until high school that he picked up a brush for the first time and it was not love at first sight.
Like almost every artist, he struggled to find his identity or “style,” sporadically painting for years after his introduction in a high school art class. Self-esteem and mental health played an adverse role, clouding the road to self-identity, but it was this same adversity that paved the way for the artist he is today.
About the Artists
Jaii Marc Renee
Through his art, Jaii Marc Renee (he/him) channels the difficult symptoms of bipolar depression, putting his heart on the canvas and letting his art function as a form of catharsis. His art explores Black identity, queer identity, and the intersections thereof.