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Abdul Badi

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Abdul Badi was born in Washington DC but raised in Brooklyn New York and considers himself a true Brooklynite. As a young boy he had an obsession for working with his hands, particularly drawing. In elementary school he won an art contest which netted him free art classes at the Brooklyn Museum. He later attended Manhattans’ High School of Art and Design after which he worked as a draftsman and illustrator in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to school and completed an art program at Mercy college of Dobbs Ferry New York. Over the years he has worked in the commercial art field and also taught art. He has also won prizes and recognition in many juried art shows and sold numerous works. He has become known for his vibrant oversized portrayals of Third World people, particularly Af ricans. He spent years working as a pastel painter but of late works al- most exclusively in oils.