Tyson Hall was born in Manhattan and raised in Bronx, New York. With a distinct and diverse creative nature, he chose graffiti as one of his art forms because he could always find a medium to express himself. He'd use the nearest wall, scrap paper, virtually anything that would allow him to project an image.
Tyson has shared his artwork in unique ways. Owners of his work include Sophia Stewart, author of The Third Eyeon which the hit movies The Matrix and Terminator were both based. He has donated pieces for auction to New York City museums and charities such as The Jackie Robinson Foundation, Abyssinia Baptist Church, The MOCADA Museum, and the ARRC.
He devotes a majority of his spare time to exposing inner city children to the arts and doing motivational speaking engagements for audiences across the country.
As time brought about change, graffiti became less of an interest as his dramatic abilities were made manifest. He continued to draw out of habit, but there was no interest in painting. In 1992, Tyson registered for an art class at John Jay College only to fulfill an elective requirement. He earned an 'A' in the class, but still did not embrace his full potential as an artist. He continued to pursue his acting career.
While working on the set of an independent film, a fellow actor suggested he see Basquiat, a film on the life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Inspired by the film, Tyson purchased his first piece of canvas and began to paint, and painting became a vehicle for the communication and expression of Tyson's spirituality, culture and values. Painting also became the unifying force that meshed his graffiti and drawing together and gave birth to his unique abstract painting style. His drawing tendencies evolved out of the characterizations of graffiti. Out of this, his faces were born. These faces express unique and contrasting life images, views and opinions.
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