Donté K. Hayes’ artworks incorporate elements of hip-hop, history and science-fiction to explore themes in Afrofuturism, a projected vision of an imagined future which critiques the historical and cultural of the African diaspora and the distinctly black experience of the Middle Passage. These works, deeply rooted in the African American experience, delve into universal social issues, broadening their scope and relevance. His art practice is based on researching and referencing the visual traditions from the Caribbean, South America, the Southern United States and the African continent.
Donté K. Hayes graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University at Kennesaw, Georgia with a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Museum of Science + Industry Chicago, Illinois; the Association of Visual Arts, Chattanooga and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta. Hayes, is the recipient of a Kennesaw State University travel scholarship for the study of stone lithography at the Taller Experimental de Grafica in Havana.