Byron McCray is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and author hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Greatly influenced by a strong passion for music and the rich, diverse history of black culture, his mixed media paintings have been recognized by the Fort Greene Association, Art Students League of New York, and various publications. Local artists, organizations such as the Movement Theatre Company and the National Black Theatre; have commissioned Byron as well as major recording labels including Universal Music Group and Motown Records. With an expanding client list that includes fellow Brooklyn natives, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Spike Lee, McCray continues to share his form of expression with the world.
“Art is the soundtrack of my life. With a simple stroke of a brush, or even the tiniest speckle of paint, the most symphonious of melodies gather into pleasant and harmonious visuals. These are the tunes my eyes hear”.
In 2012, Byron joined The Collage Movement, a New York company of visual artists that gather weekly to perform live art in unconventional spaces. In June 2013, he competed in his first ArtBattle®, live art competition, where he took first place among talented peers for his piece entitled, Disciples.
Byron has held exhibitions at the Harlem Arts Alliance, Tompkins Project, and Bibi Salon, where he also coordinated Kaleidoscope, an Evening of Live Art in May 2013. Most recently, he participated in the Motown to Def Jam exhibition, “What’s Going On”, presented by ArtCrawl Harlem. He also sat on the panel for a discussion on the cultural and artistic impact of Motown Records. His resume expands with commissioned work, illustrations for self-published children’s books, live art performances and exhibition opportunities.