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Visiting Artist Lecturer Dakarai Akil

CGU’s MFA Program is pleased to present Dakarai Akil as part of the ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Please join us in the Harper Hall Board of Trustees room on Wednesday, September 28th at 4:30pm for an artist talk and Q&A session with artist Dakarai Akil, where he will give insight into his practice.


Dakarai is a Los Angeles based collage artist, designer, painter and editorial illustrator from Cleveland, OH. Primarily working in collage and design, he has self-published three art books that catalog works created between the span of 2014 to 2021. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibits over the span of 10 years and has had work published in publications such as The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Readers Digest and several more.

Dakarai’s collages are small windows into the worlds of black surrealism & afrofuturism. Each piece tells it’s own story that is entirely up to the viewer to create based on their own observations. When creating these collages Dakarai focuses on color, shape and composition to tell a story or to give the viewer a unique feeling