Malik Marvin Lloyd is a graduate of McKinley High School in Washington, DC. After graduation, he attended Philadelphia College of art, where he received his BFA in Illustration. He has worked as an illustrator and visual information specialist for the Department of Defense. Worked as a freelance illustrator for various publications in the Washington, DC area, such as; the Washington Star and the American Physiological Association. In 1997, he created FIND ART information bank, an artist’s locator & resource service, for the purpose of assisting clients with broadcasting opportunities to the arts community and assisting the arts community with locating opportunities.
Malik’s artwork explores the African-American historical and religious experience. His overarching intent is to “Create artwork that examines relationships between history’s truths, unearthed by contemporary scholars of African descent, and its detrimental, but more accepted falsehoods, perpetuated for centuries—this falsification of history is so pervasive, it remains the dominant historical narrative taught in schools and provided in the media”. He promotes awareness of these historical inaccuracies.
The method serves as a powerful vehicle for conveying Malik’s message. He let it guide his choices of medium and materials, although his preferred medium is graphite and gauche on paper. Malik uses various methods, mediums and compositional styles to articulate his thematic interests into his artwork. Desiring his artwork to look educational, he created work to resemble lessons on school blackboards. He played with a similar notion with his “THINKKING HATS” series, which features straw hats designed with African/Egyptian symbols and text. The title came from that often used phrased by teachers about donning one’s “thinking cap” to suggest a certain serious intellectual pursuit.
Although much of his artwork addresses weighty topics, Malik’s artistic inspirations are pretty simple—life, contemporary African and African-American historians, and early Renaissance painters, such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo. Since these three masters explored religious and historical themes, their work also contains many of the images that his work addresses head on, such as Madonna and Child, and Adam & Eve images. Meanwhile, he is profoundly impacted by such writings as Cheikh Anta Diop, The African Origin of Civilization, John Henrik Clarke, Africa: The Passing of the Golden Age, George G.M. James, Stolen Legacy and Anthony T. Browder, Nile Valley contributions to Civilization.