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Edreys Wajed working on a portrait of Frank Merriweather for The Freedom Wall

Edreys Wajed working on a portrait of Frank Merriweather for The Freedom Wall. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Edreys Wajed

American, born 1974

Edreys Wajed is an artist, educator, performer, and entrepreneur based in Buffalo. Wajed’s most recent series of drawings consist of black-and-white line-based portraits. Initially the artist started these expressive yet minimal representations as a daily practice to expand his creative output, and to date he has created more than 700 individual works in this series. Wajed is well known locally as a multi-talented artist expressing his talents through the creation of jewelry, spoken word, music, and educational activities. Wajed has said of his artistic ambition that his “inspiration is to actually BE an inspiration. I want to be an inspiration to others through my thoughts, words and actions.” Wajed’s unyielding positivity and generous spirit result in a visionary practice that is the culmination of a committed and sensitive observation of the world. This provides Wajed with purpose larger than himself; one that he shares generously to inspire those around him to “get real for real results.”
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