All Exhibitions were curated by the Founder of Diaspora-Now, Inc.
Anderson Pilgrim President & CEO
"Art is a revolutionary medium which reflects the spirit of the people. A confrontation
with the experiences of life, to the ready mind."
These are the reflections of Ras Ilix Heartman, wood sculptor and farmer, whose creations
have increasingly been taking him away from the warm shores of his homeland. Before
exhibiting his sculpture at the "In The Spirit Festival" Martha's Vineyard, Mass.,
August 1994, Ras Ilix attended the Third Havana Biennial in Cuba as well as showing
at numerous exhibitions in Barbados.
His woodcarvings were exhibited at 479 Gallery, Soho, NYC, as part of a Barbadian
Art Exhibition, December 1994, and were featured in "Rastafarian Visions" at the
Barbados Consulate, NYC, October 1995.
He also participated in several art shows throughout the NY Tri-State area during
summer 1995. Ras Ilix's sculpture Melchizedek was awarded "Best In Show" at the 1997
Black History Month Exhibition held at Hintersteiner Gallery, Washington Heights,
During November 1999, his work was part of the exhibition, "Barbadian Art at the
OAS", held at the Organization of the American States, Washington, DC.
A largely self taught, intuitive artist, Ras Ilix would like the opportunity to further
his studies in woodcarving on the African continent.