Akilah Watts

"I am interested in depicting a black Barbadian experience and my main goal is to instill a feeling of Nostalgia and curiosity in the people who view it.Through the new space of play that I am in I wish to be able to view my work from a similar lens as well."

Akilah Watts (b. 1996) is a Barbadian Contemporary Artist who is interested
in depicting a black Barbadian experience.

Watts works with a number of media to create multiple bodies of work and
has exhibited locally (Barbados) and internationally(New York, San
Francisco, Miami, etc.) in several exhibitions. Watts hosted her first solo
show in March 2019 and she was part of an exhibition at the World Trade
Centre in New York in December 2021. She has also been featured online in
exhibitions, auctions, articles, and shops such as Artsy, Les iles and Good
Black Art.

Watts has been featured in a few local publications such as the Easy
magazine and the M People magazine and internationally online on Artsy,
ArtLeadHER, Artnet and more. Watts is currently working on multiple bodies
of work. One focuses on her relationship with natural hair and her Caribbean
roots, while another body of work entitled “Moments From My Island
Home” is her way of bridging the gap between the realistic and the idealistic
view of her island Barbados.

Hometown: St. James, Barbados