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Daily Inspiration: Meet Davion “Dismoc Le Ma” Coleman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Davion “Dismoc Le Ma” Coleman.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
How did I start? That’s a question I hear so often. I usually reply by saying, “I was born in it!” But I’ve come to realize I was chosen. Being an artist, many of us display our gifts at an early age. I’m no different, I did the same thing when I was a baby. My father and uncles also had creative talents, but nobody in my family took it as far as I did.

When I graduated from high school, I only wanted to focus on design and be a graphic designer. I had no ambition to be a visual artist. During my college years, I was able to advance my illustrative skills and push my talents behind the ceiling. When I graduated from college, I realized there were opportunities out there for me as an illustrator. During this time, I found myself wanting to paint more. This ultimately led me to display my work in a showcase in 2014.

In that year, I tasted a lot of success in a short period. 2014 was the year I had my first solo exhibition, and that is when I was part of Art Basel week in Miami. I went to school for art, but with a focus on design. So all my training is in design and illustrating. I was never taught how to paint or took a painting class. So in that area of focus, I’m self-tough.

It blows my mind to think that after all the years, I’ve spent creating art, traveling to cities, and displaying my work in galleries across the country, I would end up releasing my second solo exhibition in 2021.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road has been the furthest from smooth. As I look back on my journey, all my accomplishments are overshadowed by darkness fueled by continuous family issues and imbalanced relationships. With all the complications, I have never allowed it to break me mentally.

The year 2019 was the best year of my life; it was the year that allowed me to double my income, and then it was one of the most tragic years of my life. It was also the year I almost lost my mother. She almost died in my arms. That night stains my memory like a recurring nightmare. My will was strong enough to breathe life back into her.

I literally had to carry my mother to my car and drive her to the hospital. The EMT took so long to arrive that by the time they arrived at her house, I was already at the hospital. She lives today, healthier and mentally stronger than she was, but it was a hard journey to get to this point. So I have had many bumps on my road to glory, but I’m built to be the driver.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I consider myself a multidisciplinary creative; my areas of focus are mainly print design, illustration, and digital media. One would describe my artwork as bold and vibrant. What I’m most proud of is my new solo exhibition, “Respect! The Woman In The Red Dress” It’s been a long time coming since my last exhibition in 2014. This exhibition explores the journey of finding alignment in any type of relationship.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
The world is evolving, and technology is evolving even faster. Technology has always been a plague to the graphic design industry. It has taken away a lot of jobs and destroyed many fields. I have found myself working dually in design and marketing.

In the graphic design industry, we wear many hats and I feel in the next 5-10 years many graphic designers are going to find themselves wearing a marketing hat if they are not already.

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