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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Arcmanoro Niles

Arcmanoro Niles

Born 1989 in Washington D.C, Arcmanoro was drawing constantly as a child. he studied Studio Art in high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. During this time he studied Figure Drawing at the Washington Studio School. He obtained his BF..A from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2013. He will go on to obtain his M.F.A at New York Academy of Art in 2015. His work has been exhibited Costa Rica, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.

“Painting, for me, has been a quest for a way of painting that is true. I do not want to glorify negative aspects of life, but I don’t want to glorify the positive either. I believe there is something more enigmatic, interesting, and poetic residing in the middle.”

“I see Figurative painting as complex narratives embedded with many different meanings. I have begun to paint people in my life, friends, family etc. Working this way, I discovered that paintings can take on two lives. One life embodies the idea embedded within the narrative of the painted image, while the other life creates complex, almost indescribable connections that I have with my subjects.”



2013-2015 New York Academy of Art, New York, NY.

2010-2013 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

2008-2010 School of Art and Design at Montgomery College,Silversprings MD.

2007-2009 Washington Studio School, Washington D.C

2004-2008 Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington D.C Diploma of Visual Arts/ Diploma


2013 The Lance Roy Lauffer Memorial Award

The Artist House Gallery Award

The Benjamin West Award

2012 Fred and Naomi Hazel Award

Elizabeth Arrasmith Memorial Award

The Cecilia Beaux Memorial Prize

2010 The American Artists Professional League’s American Artists Fund Award

2009 The Black Exhibit Meritorious Recognition

2008 Duke Ellington School of the Arts Excellence in Painting Award

2008 Duke Ellington School of the Arts Most Improved Visual Artist Award

2008 Goldie Arnold Memorial Award

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