Born in Hampton, Virginia, Calvin Coleman spent his adolescent years in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. After graduating from The Lincoln University, where he earned his B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education, Coleman taught at the elementary, middle and high school level for over 20 years. While teaching, Calvin was also cultivating an interest that turned into a passion and from there developed into a business that continues to be a passion in his life. Allowing his passion to lead, Calvin’s paintings have shown in a number of galleries and public buildings throughout the United States and across Europe France and Italy.
As a self-taught artist, that incorporates Abstract Expressionism and Fauvism, Coleman builds upon the canvas with an assemblage of heavy body acrylic paint, a variety of textiles and other mediums to embellish his uninhibited style of painting. In recognizing a great interest in brilliant colors and texture, he has admired the techniques of Richard Mayhew, who has been an influence in Coleman’s development, and more recently, the style of Nicholas de Stael, French painter of Russian origin in which is known for his use of a thick impasto and his highly abstract landscape paintings. Mayhew’s fluidity with colors and de Stael’s dense textural characteristics can account for the structure of Coleman’s paintings, which are built with such strength in a melody of blended hues, and the usage of a multitude of tools and application materials that make up this body of sought after work. In Art Matters, January 2007, art critic Wuanda Walls stated, Calvin’s work is “endowed with an aura of originality and poetic whimsy.”
Calvin A. Coleman II presently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where he continues his quest to become the absolute best artist he can be while expanding his creativity to evoke emotions from those that view his gifted works.