Kamau Ware

My Story

Kamau Ware is a multidisciplinary artist, historian, and walker. Kamau was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he founded an artist collective called BridgeSpotters in 1996 that took inspiration from the many bridges in the city as analogous to many disciplines making a creative project. Ware moved to New York City in 2006 and applied his work as an artist and curator to develop a unique approach to visual storytelling, coined StoryStyle that softens the threshold between artist and audience. After establishing his visual storytelling lab, Kamau Studios in 2008, he began working on what would become the Studios flagship project – the Black Gotham Experience (BGX). BGX launched the summer of 2010 as a series of walking tours and has expanded to a series of immersive experiences celebrating the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City.

Kamau Ware has become a sought-after voice to fill the visual abyss of Black New York history, illustrating powerful stories that exist outside of public consciousness. Ware has received prominent commissions to create works across mediums by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, BRIC Media, No Longer Empty, New York City Public Design Commission, The Shed, The Apollo Theater, The Tenement Museum, and Creative Time. Ware has made appearances on NBC New York, ABC New York, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Gothamist, WNYC, Amsterdam News, Hyperallergic, and Art In America. In 2022, Kamau Studios and the Black Gotham Experience received a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Current CV.