Today we’d like to introduce you to Malik Willis.
Malik, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve never really been able to accurately verbalize the intricacies of my thoughts and emotions. Once I found visual art as an outlet to be able to fully express myself, there was no turning back. I make what’s in my mind and soul at the moment, in hopes to connect with other energies through my work.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a graphic artist. I use my graphic illustrations and art to create clothes, cover arts, canvas, shit… blankets, whatever is in the moment. My inspiration is being able to touch another person far away from me with the only means of communication being my work. Every Liikoprint is a look into my heart and mind.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I love the community of artists that I surround myself with. A lot of collaborations and good energy to feed off of.
There is a lack of knowledge of how to get oneself in front of strategic opportunities. Getting more opportunities to get money off what we put our souls into.
Our city has a lot of resources and people to look up to and really have been looking out for the youth. Making this an even bigger focus will show the world how f*****g bananas Chicago’s artist are.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’m in the process of updating my profile, but my work, as well as many other amazing artists work, can be found through worldofi.net under the Chicago icon page. My work is also posted on my social media @liikoprints on Twitter and Instagram.
“Stargazing”, “painfully thicc lookbook”, “painfully thicc art”, “unapologetically nasty tee”, “channel Orange remixed”, “Not A Shaggy Story – Osa” Cover by me, “Trust – Core Rex & Zen” Cover by me