Jenai Davis was born on January 15 in the heart of Washington, D.C. where she was also raised. Her upbringing in the city allowed her to gain firsthand experience of the different lifestyles and cultures within our Nation's capitol. Jenai graduated from Nation House Sankofa Institute in 2006 . During her time spent in grade school, she was greatly influenced by her first art instructors, Afia Nson and Ron Akili Anderson. In addition to her urban experience, she was granted the opportunity to travel abroad for cultural exchange purposes. These experiences account for much of the inspiration for her art work today.
She began painting at the age of sixteen, focusing on abstract expressionism as well as representational art. Jenai attended Morgan State University where she received her Bachelors of Fine Art in 2011. In addition to her educational background in Baltimore, she gained professional experience as a museum assistant and docent at both the James E. Lewis Museum of Fine Art and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2012 she then moved on to pursue a Master's Degree in Fine Art from Howard University.
At Howard University, Jenai was awarded a partial talent scholarship that alotted her the opportunity to work as a collegiate level Teaching Assistant. In 2013 she participated in a departmental art exhibtion where she recieved an honorary first place award in the category of painting. Since then, Jenai has exhibited her work in group shows facilitated by Black Artists of DC (collective), Empower Talk, and the James E. Lewis Museum. In addition, she has completed a number of commissioned murals for storefront businesses in Washington D.C and New York.
Jenai Asemoa currently works fulltime as visual art teacher in New York City, where she resides. Jenai’s long term goals include founding an art-based non-profit for “at-risk” youth in Washington, D.C. She also hopes to continue to work as a professional artist and art educator. Jenai is committed to expanding her knowledge within art, honing her craft as a painter/illustrator and aiming to empower women of color through positiive representations and narratives.
“I have always wanted my art to service the people—to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential” –Elizabeth Catlett
Jenai Asemoa Davis
Painter | Illustrator | Art Educator