Roy Secord a New York City fine artist who primarily creates artwork (usually in large-scale formats of painting, sculpture, glass, mosaics, and graphic arts) for corporate art and public art applications, as well as for general, art gallery sales. Artwork medium proficiencies are broad-based (2- & 3-dimensional) with a practice base of painting, sculpture, and graphic design. He is recently a public artist awardee for both the NYC Department of Transportation and the New York City Metropolitan Authority (MTA). In 2017, he was the awarded, public artist-in-residence for “The Resiliency Project 2017 (funded primarily through the NYC Mayor’s Office and NYCEDC) addressing the need for climate change resiliency (in anticipated, high-impact, disaster areas) through a community interaction, blog series and the creation/exhibition of a large, public sculpture. Major artist awards include the Pollock/Krasner Foundation Artist Award, and the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Artist Recognition Award (Excellence in Painting) through the Bronx Council of the Arts and NYSCA (New York State Council of the Arts). He also holds a fellowship in murals/public arts from the prestigious, National Academy Museum.
He studied painting and sculpture at the University of Texas and was subsequently chosen for a 2-year, formal apprenticeship with Mexican muralist and sculptor Mago Gandara Orona in the States and in Mexico. Upon completion of his apprenticeship (working alongside a prominent master-artist in creation of large, public & private works of art), he moved to Manhattan and attended classes for a number of years at Art Students League (studying painting techniques under several internationally recognized and acclaimed painters) and also Sculpture Center (honing his direct carving techniques & mold-making abilities, as well as working in the foundry learning casting techniques in bronze). He has taught assorted, medium technique classes across Manhattan publicly and privately. He is a selected, long standing artist-in-residence with Chashama (NYC arts nonprofit organization) with his art studio located in Midtown East Manhattan.
Having social and philanthropic mission, he develops/implements educational, arts programming for community youth and young adult populations (working with multiple, NYC government and education agencies) which often culminates with group creation of public art donated back to community. He has extensive, art teaching experience with all age populations, with focus on the at-risk (primarily youth/young adults in the criminal justice systems) and the health impacted.