HESI [hess-‘ē] Collectiv aims to shine a light on the importance of authenticity by using art as a vehicle to motivate youth to be themselves and affirm those around them.
HESI’s co-founder and creative director Kyle Douglas, affectionately known as Steelo Blk, earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design from Howard University. Douglas’ work has been featured in several national galleries, RAW Artists DC, and numerous private collections.
Many of his works are mainstream disruptive inspired pieces which employ bold color and form to demonstrate his interpretation of cultural and ethical relationships. His creativity, zeal for the arts and passion to impact his generation stemmed from a young age and still act as a source of inspiration to his unique style.
“All good things come to those that stay true. We are not monolithic. My art is not only How I [Eye] See It [HESI], but also what it makes others see” - Steelo