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Cosby Hayes

My work employs recognizable imagery from multiple eras spanning centuries, woven together as a personal narrative. I reference historical imagery from movements and cultures that never encountered one another, yet through them, a common thread is found.

Using architecture and symbolism through a lens that references the aggressive and sometimes audacious nature of graffiti.   I explore the need to enshrine one’s existence as it fosters creativity, individualism, and the attempt at immortality.

There is a desire to be noticed or remembered through an idolized infamy, which leads many to vandalize and destroy in the name of one’s altar ego. My work aims to harness this vandalistic mentality in an attempt to explore the innumerable styles and techniques used throughout time to make one’s mark on the world.

I aim to provoke the viewer to search for some resolution within my work when comparing current and past cultural phenomena.

The figures I paint initiate a visual dialogue with regards to Man’s primeval struggle and search for an existence beyond his physical limitations, no matter the cost. A declaration: “I was Here.”

Cosby Hayes



5430 Lawton Ct. Tallahassee, Florida. 32317





Florida State University: Tallahassee, Florida, May 2014

Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art


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