Description This color pencil drawing of a Taino girl with the symbols of her people surrounding her. The Tanos were seafaring indigenous peoples of the Greater Antilles including the islands of Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cuba, and Hispaniola. They were one of the Arawak peoples of South America. The Taino were the first Indigenous peoples to greet Columbus and his men. Descendants of the Taino still live today in the Caribbean and in Diaspora.
Priscilla Anacakuyani Bell, Philadelphia Member Since October 2013 Artist Statement I was born in North Philadelphia and raised in the Hunting Park section of the city. At the age of three, I started to doodle on the paper that my mother brought home from work. That was just the beginning. Drawing soon became my passion; I would scribble on any spare scrap of paper that I could get my little hands on, recording everything I saw and the people who I came in contact with.
I went on to graduate from Cardinal Dougherty High School and Community College of Philadelphia and then transferred to Moore College of Art and Design where I received my BFA in 2D Fine Arts. In 2010, I graduated with my Masters in Fine Arts in Painting.
Throughout the years, I looked towards my family, surroundings, and cultural heritage for guidance and inspiration. I continue to explore the issues that mean the most to me, including: Parenthood, Indigenous Rights, Urban Decay, and what it means to be a Woman Artist.
I seek to share my art with others in hopes of sparking thoughtful conversation with the viewer. It is my hope to help shed light on some of the often-challenging topics that I address in my work.