Carlos Walker, 37, a budding artist was born and raised in Halifax. Co., Va. to Hilton and Inell Walker, who has 6 children. Mr. Walker being the sixth.
Carlos has been drawing since the early age of eight. He was encouraged to continue to do so in school by teacher Mrs. Ferguson his high school art teacher and now by his family and by the special lady in his life Washika Arnold.
Not envisioning a career in art, Mr. Walker chose to put his talent to the side and sell drugs. Which landed him in prison at the age of 24 with a 20 year mandatory minimum sentence in the F.E.D.S for crack cocaine, which he has recently released after 13 years in prison because of a law President Obama passed but it wasn’t able to help him until President Trump signed the bill his son-in-law fought to open up the doors for people who had been unjustly mistreated. While he was doing time at 24 others were starting to live life and start their career, but for him little did he know GOD had a blessing in store and his career would just be getting started to become an artist/activist and book writer. While incarcerated he put together 5 exhibits, plus the book he has written based on the artwork entitled ”What If?”.
One of his projects is a 51-piece illustrated series entitled “Walk a Mile In Our Shoes And You Will Understand From Whence We Came”
A 10-piece illustrated series called “Endangered Species”
A 3-piece illustrated series call “The Greatest”
A single piece called “Hunting Season”
And last his latest “The Black and white collection”.
His greatest work of art is arguably “Walk a Mile In Our Shoes”, because what it portrays is the Black EXPERIENCE in a different way. In creating this exhibit, he seeks to show a mirror effect to Caucasians of what the Black EXPERIENCE looks like. Mr. Walker’s pictures have been created with the sole intent to invoke a thought in all who refuse to understand the plight that Blacks have had to endure in their experience from slavery up until now.
What if reality as we know it wasn’t what we knew it to be?
What if the stories of the past were changed by one small detail? However, that one small detail being one that would change it drastically!
What if the spaces that were brought from Africa had been white, the slaves masters had been black, and every event of the past, up until the present, were also in reverse?
In these illustrations you will discover that the ethnicities of oppressors and oppressed have been reversed. This has been done in order to open the mind of the viewer to...WHAT IF?
Throughout these illustrations you will see the Caucasian race placed in African-American experiences which have been created to assist the viewer in grasping the understanding of why we are promoting that “Black Lives Matter”.
Also, I expect for this display to bring clarity to all who fight against understanding our stance against injustice.