Lakeem Wilson is a practicing artist and educator, engaging in the beautification of urban Environments and developmental art.
Lakeem Ali Wilson (1991)
Born into the urban city of South Dallas, Lakeem was drawn to art as a young man when he first saw images of black superheroes in comic books. Inspired by the urban city, Hip-hop, and public school art classes in the early 2000’s, he taught himself how to express his thoughts through visual art and drawing in his notepads. Despite his lack of professional training, he found employment by selling and trading his art services, and doing tattoos in the community, which introduced him to the value of being an entrepreneur. Lakeem quickly developed a style that would make him one of the most celebrated illustrated artists of his age, allowing him to change the idea of diversity in the art industry, while creating remarkably expressive images that consistently explores the social and economical impact of art with urban narratives.
“I saw that my talent could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against false politics, against all sorts of social wrongs, I knew at that point I had to be an artist”
When he graduated high school in 2010, he was accepted into the Art Program at The University of Texas at Austin and became a freelance artist, all while balancing school work, student organizations, and studio art classes. With his passion for illustrating social issues during the former times of the “Obama Age” (2008 - 2016) he was able to be an impactful voice for the culture. His 2019 illustrated project “The Embodiment Series” (The 3 elements of self) won him widespread acclaim as one of the most prominent professional illustrated artists of his decade, chronicling subjects related to police brutality, women empowerment, and unity in urban environments. As well as painted memorable pictures of celebrities including Barack Obama, Nipsey Hussle, and Jay Z. His most famous images such as Hidden America (2018) and Keep Your Coins (2014) captures the essence of activism through illustration style painted images in our twenty first century America and has become iconic images, defining the era for later generations to come. His art rallies support for black businesses and fosters entrepreneurship, and Lakeem is an advocate for teaching art education and the value of cultural arts.
"BEAMS became the character of my brand mission; a reminder to always Be Elevated And Manifest Success"
Lakeem spends much of his recent time expanding his lifestyle. He continues to work, acquiring numerous awards and opportunities including community mural commission at the East Austin Rosewood Pillars (2021). A spring artist in residency opportunity at The University of Texas’s College of Fine Arts Center for African and African Diaspora (2020) and selected as one of the top 3 finalists for Dame Dash’s 24 hour streaming network artist episode, “Got It Covered” in Burbank California (2019). He’s also a noted author, in (2019) His self published "Hidden America" hard cover features his top 50 paintings from the past decade (2010 - 2020). In 2016 he became one of the first illustrators to design a children’s book collaboration with his parents titled “Future Leaders” (What Kids Need To Know to Become Successful Adults). The core of his accomplishments however are yet to come. His pristine quality and enduring national significance is reflected through public exhibitions and his online art collection at LakeemWilson.com
Lakeem is currently an art educator at Texas Empowerment Academy in Austin Texas, He support artistic and educational activities that advance “the common search for a better life and a better world.”