KaDavien Baylor lives and works in Houston, TX. Baylor creates work that focuses on human transformation, social theories, and encapsulating experience. Drawing on his interest and training in communication design, Baylor combines elements of design and abstraction through many mediums. Known for his “Masters” series, Baylor creates work that focuses on the possibility of using art to promote self and social understanding. Baylor smarltly upturns human values and art values. In all aspects of his work, he contends with the notion of art is a powerful tool of communication defined by modern aesthetic and encapsulating design. Baylor has exhibited in Norton Art Gallery (2008), Louisiana Tech University VA Gallery (2015), Shreveport’s historic museum (2008), Arka Art Space (2017), and many group shows in the Houston, TX area.
Baylor is a cartographic consultant for some of the leading oil and gas companies in the world and draws upon his creation of geoscientific diagrams to inform the layers of his work. Baylor serves as Project Manager for RCA studios in the promotion of social awareness and historical public art. Baylor holds a BFA in Communication Design from Louisiana Tech University.
As a reaction to the traditional exploitation of art, I make art to inform, educate and inspire. My art is the one tool that allows my self fulfillment through producing energy that provides provocative messages and enthralling visual experiences. Each piece is a part of an ocean view overview focused on highlighting the beautiful realities we create and experience while traveling our individual journeys. Currently I am focused on a subset of human behaviors that signify our imperfections, such as a lack of empathy, knowledge and understanding. This is represented by through a series of public art projects created in collaboration with communities of Houston, TX and Shreveport, La.
I believe empathy leads to understanding and connection to others. My favorite quote from the Swiss-American psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, says “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
My goal is to pour messages of love, joy and honesty to further our connection and understanding of one another.