My name is Ian Kamau; I am an artist. I believe my ability to create and communicate is intimately tied to my purpose in life although I am unsure of exactly how. I am a writer, producer and a graphic/visual artist. I perform what I write so I also consider myself a performer, I make music and write poetry; spoken word. I do not think of myself as an entertainer. I was born and raised in Toronto to Trinidadian parents who immigrated to North America in 1970. My parents are documentary filmmakers, my mother a producer, my father a writer and director from a family of teachers. I grew up around ideas, information, education and art. I hope my entire life will be immersed in this kind of creativity.
Art is the creative expression of our humanity. The greatest artists are those who have the ability to create inspiring work while communicating ideas and powerful messages to everyday people.
Art and music instigate larger conversations. I believe music is the greatest communicator because most of us listen to it in one form or another. While some may never go to an art gallery or theatre production the majority of us listen to and appreciate a musical form of some kind.
Making music has taken me around the world, it has opened doors to experiences I never dreamed I would have and has put me in the position to have conversations with a diversity of interesting individuals, these conversations have helped to open my mind and my spirit. I believe in community. My creative life extends to my work in community development, specifically with arts-based projects for young people. That side of my life has always run parallel to my artistic life and reminds me of the importance of expression, inspiration and opportunity.
My desire is to put my thoughts and experiences into the world so that I may enter into a larger conversation with people in different places. I am an artist who wants to continue to be creative and support others in being creative while finding my purpose.