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The Importance of Celebrating Life Viviana Puello interviews LeRoi

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LeRoi is a New York-based contemporary artist with a distinctive style he has created called “Electric Primitive.” This style is his display of bold, emblematic qualities of African art. A combination of geometric patterns, abstract figurative art, bursting with poetic imagery, and culturally rich use of color, his work is rooted in expressionism. His education has been a considerable influence in his work as well as his livelihood in urban environments. Throughout his 45 years as an artist, LeRoi has tweaked and refined his style, exploring pre-colonial and post-colonial African heritage and pan-Africanism. He fuses these elements with vibrant colors in electrical frenzies. The result is stunning visuals that accentuate his paintings’ subject and adorn the simplistic beauty of traditional African artistry.   

LeRoi Johnson, is also a lawyer who spent part of his career managing his brother, Rick James, is this year’s recipient of the Legal Elite Lifetime Achievement Award.  

He has been inducted in the “Buffalo Music Hall of Fame” that writes: “It’s no coincidence that Rick James’ greatest commercial success and most of his artistic success came when his brother, LeRoi Callwell Johnson, was running the business side of things.  But there’s much more to LeRoi Callwell Johnson than just his brother’s success. Already an accomplished classical guitarist and visual artist in his own right, he went on to help build his brother’s Mary Jane Productions into one of the largest minority-owned entertainment businesses in the 1980s. Managing artists including Rick James, The Mary Jane Girls, Process and the Doo Rags, Val Young, and was Rick’s tour manager.”  

Johnson’s brilliant works have been exhibited in numerous art galleries in New York and all across America. His pieces speak to the heart and mind of every viewer that appreciates his creations.  

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