Statement || Time is non-existent in the Land of the Black Sun. Each work serves as an anthropological study of fictional locations based on real locations that I reside in. Guided by instinct, I gather words, thoughts, and materials that capture my understanding of the local area and compose them into songs, assemblages, collages, and abstract figurations. My goal in doing this is to achieve transcendence of time by collaging moments of history together. I want my work to serve as a window in-between the past and present. I want it to cross cultures and tell the collective story of all nations, cultures, and peoples from our origins in the Rift Valleys of Africa, to where we reside today. I believe that if people have a better understanding of human beings it will give them the insight to overcome "race", differences in language, cultural exclusivity, and classism.


Bio || Vieno James (b. 1996) is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. The content within his multivalent practice stems from an amalgamation of his reality. Drawing from paleo-anthropology, anthropology, geography, history, shamanism, philosophy, and his life experiences, Vieno utilizes these sources of inspiration to create assemblages, paintings, performance art, and music that lie within a fictional world called “The Land of the Black Sun.” Vieno is based in Chelsea, New York as a student at the School of Visual Arts. While attending the School of Visual Arts, he became a recipient of the competitive C.H. Rhodes Scholarship. Additionally, Vieno was the recipient of three merit scholarships at his previous school, the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Vieno has exhibited nationally in Georgia, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia and internationally with his first solo exhibition in Fukuoka, Japan. In June of 2016, he completed the Studio Kura 4 - Week Residency Program in Fukuoka, Japan. He has given public artist talks in New York, NY, Savannah, GA, Powder Springs, GA, and Fukuoka, Japan. And, he has been featured by national and international media outlets including CBS,, and Quiet Lunch Magazine.


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Vieno James

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(b. 1996)


2019         BFA Program: Multidisciplinary Art,
School of Visual Arts, New York City, NY

2014 – 2016 BFA Program: Painting, Business Management and Entrepreneurship Minor
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA


Honors and Awards:


SVA Silas H. Rhodes Merit Scholarship, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


SCAD Merit Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

SCAD Academic Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA


SCAD Merit Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

SCAD Academic Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA


SOLO Exhibitions:

2017         Glory, World Trade Center, Norfolk, VA *Juried Proposal: Selected out of 70 applicants**Jurors: Karen Rudd, and Dorothy Coakley* 

2016         Return to King’s Landing, SVA Fine Arts Department, New York, NY

                 Of Rice and Cotton, Studio Kura , Fukuoka, Japan

GROUP Exhibitions:


               The Shape of Things to Come, Latchkey Gallery, New York, NY


                SVA Fine Arts Open Studios, SVA Fine Arts Department, New York, NY

                Are-We-More, Living Gallery Outpost, New York, NY     

                SCO Family Dynamics 6th Annual Art Auction and Salon Exhibition, New York, NY *Honorary Juror, Vadis Turner* 

                *Juried Show* Wet Paint, Work House Arts Center, Lorton, VA

                *Juried Show* Contemporary: Retellings, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO

                *Juried Show* Transfiguration, Flatiron Gallery, New York, NY

2016       Open Studio Night: SVA Fine Arts Department, Chelsea, New York

                Brace for Impact, Forum Art Space at SUNY Purchase College Arts Space, White Plains, NY

                2nd Ridge Open House Art Show, 2nd Ridge Studio, Fayson Lakes, New Jersey
                 Lights, Cameras, Excellence!, Arnold Hall, Savannah, GA
                 deFine Art Student Showcase, Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA

2015         SCAD Open Studio Night: Fall, Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA
                 MERGE, Terminal West Exhibition Space, Atlanta, GA

2014        Georgia All-State Art Symposium, Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA


2017         American University of Cairo: Research and Art Residency, 4-week residency overseen by Dr. Noshokaty the Fine Arts Department chair. *May 23rd - June 23rd, American University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

2016         Studio Kura: AIR, 4-week residency program and solo-exhibition, *May
30th - June 30th*, Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan

Artist Talks:
2016         Glory (Exhibition): Public Artist Talk, Talk about artistic practice/ Q&A Session, Feb. 3rd, Offsite Gallery in World Trade Center, Norfolk, VA

                 Return to King’s Landing (Exhibition): Public Artist Talk, Nov. 5th, SVA Fine Arts Department, New York, NY

                 My Tips for Young Artists, 3 Separate Artist Talks w/ Q&A Sessions, August 19th, Hillgrove High School, Powder Springs, GA
                 Of Rice and Cotton (Exhibition): Public Artist Talk, June 25th, Studio Kura,
 Fukuoka, Japan

                  deFine Art Student Showcase: Artist Talk/ Studio Visit, Feb 19th, 
Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA


Parker, Jennifer, "VIENO JAMES | ARTIST OF THE BLACK SUN", Quiet Lunch Magazine, February 2018; Web.

McLogan, Elle, "How Social Media is Changing the Art World", CBS New York, January 2018; Video. 

Tolerma, Deianira, “Vieno James Talks About the Fictional World behind “The Land of the Black Sun”, D/Railed Magazine, October 2017; Web. *Written by Chief Editor Deianira Tolerma

McCulloch, Hayley, "Live from the Land of the Black Sun" Quiet Lunch Magazine. April 2017; Print.

Chunara, Nazish “Q&A with Vieno James” Venison Magazine. February 10, 2017; Web *Written by Lead Editor, Nazish Chunara

Becker, Noah “Artists You Need to Follow on Instagram” Whitehot Magazine. January 2017; Web *Written by Whitehot Magazine CEO Noah Becker

Duncan, Akeem "RETURN TO KING’S LANDING RECAP. | VIENO JAMES" Quiet Lunch. 22 November 2016; Web *Written by Quiet Lunch Magazines CEO Akeem Duncan*

Gleeson, Bridget "A Young Artist Invents a Fictional World to Explore Questions of Race, Culture, and Conflict" Artsy. 15th November 2016; Web

Kramer, Shahar “Return to King’s Landing” Quiet Lunch. 28 October 2016; Web

Medina, Rummel; Martinez, Alvin "Deep Talk ft. Vieno James" The Mutiny Podcast. 12 May 2016: Web

Roma, Sara "Business and Bihness" Buzz Kill, Savannah 7th Mar. 2016: 8-10. Print

Davis, Dreu "Upcoming Rap Prodigy" Everything Exclusive Magazine. 25 Jan. 2014: Web