Suede

Born and raised in NYC, Suede Hunte is a visual artist whose practice strives to champion both the delicate and gritty aspects of life. He first started experimenting with charcoal sketching and woodworking in college but grew discouraged early on when his style could not meet the standards set by his professors. Soon after losing his father to cancer, Suede promised to not only to commit to the arts but to use any visual tools at his disposal to combat personal erasure and the gradual decline of once culturally rich neighborhoods that he has witnessed fade away with time. 

In late 2021, Suede released a series titled “What if Kyle Rittenhouse Was a Black Kid?” as a direct response to the Kenosha shooting verdict, exploring the contemporary black body as property of the state and how American superstructures are routinely given license to seek and destroy all forms of black militia ideology. During the fall of 2022, Suede assisted the Bishop Gallery with documenting their historic six-city exhibition tour “Our Friend, Jean” – showcasing early Basquiat works on HBCU campuses for the first time. 

Suede is currently a part-time photo lab manager at Photodom in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and serves as both visual storyteller and producer for Black Gotham Experience and Kamau Studios located in South Street Seaport and Dumbo, Brooklyn. He is a recent recipient of the Bronx Arts Space Artist Residency at Governors Island for Summer 2024 and graduated with a B.A. from Williams College in Williamstown, MA. 

Website: www.inthetraffic.com

IG:  @justdasuede

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