WHO IS TYE
His beginning was simple, a young kid with a school project that needed to be done. Tyler’s mom wanted him to pick something easy to execute but he begged her relentlessly to allow him to paint until she gave in and purchased the simple art products that would change his life. That was a mere 4 years ago, and not only did he win but today Tyler’s artwork has taken the world by storm having painted and gifted many of today’s hottest celebrities and influencers since his humble beginnings including Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliot and Kevin Hart to name a select few.
NOT DEFINED BY STRUGGLES
Not one to be confused as an overnight sensation, Tyler has worked hard his entire young life throughout the struggles and disparities that have plagued him. It was at the age of five that it was discovered that he was born deaf. After a life altering surgery a year later helped him to gain some of his hearing and allowed him to learn how to speak, he was left with a severe stutter that many of his peers used as ammunition to taunt and bully him. Later Tyler found himself facing another setback as he was left wheelchair bound for two years due to a vitamin deficiency.
But Tyler never let those circumstances define him and today he is a bonafide, artistic prodigy with his work being seen on a litany of outlets and platforms including the Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, USA Today, CBS Nightly News, Essence Magazine. Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots and much more.
Recently Tyler became a media phenom after he painted a photo of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris that quickly went viral being retweeted by a host of influencers including Chelsea Clinton and eventually resulting in VP Harris calling Tyler to personally thank him for creating the portrait in her honor (View here and here).
Today, Tyler’s work has been featured in a host of galleries including being on display in Beverly Hills, California as part of the “Heirs To The Throne” art gallery exhibit presented by The Lost Warhols Museum as well as his outdoor art gallery exhibition in Tribeca, New York. He recently executed both a black history and women’s history month national campaign with Disney, contributed to the inauguration of President Joe Biden and will release his first book as an author in fall 2021.
Tyler was recently named a runner up in the TIME Magazine/Nickelodeon “Kid of The Year” campaign. He was also commissioned to paint the cover photo for the Lebron James’ cover story in TIME Magazine; an honor Tyler takes to heart as Lebron is one of his favorite athletes, and someone he greatly admires.
2019 portrait of the Central Park Five sold for more than $100,000 at auction
Won a 2020 Global Child Prodigy Award
Runner up for the TIME Magazine/Nickelodeon – Kid of the Year Award
52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards Young Creatives Series Participant
Featured on a litany of national outlets including Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and Inside Edition