Crystal Clarity is an Illustrator, Muralist and Teaching Artist born, raised and based in New York City. Her work serves and celebrates Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. As a 3rd Generation Nuyorican, Her vibrant organic urban styles merge the intersections of culture, spirit, the natural healing world, the Caribbean diaspora and New York City life. Working in a variety of mediums from pencil to paintbrush on anything from Bristol to Brick walls her work can be found on contour cut plywood, canvas or covering the side of a building in any one of the inner city boroughs. She Founded Medicine Walls in 2020 to design initiatives that will tackle some of the most critical issues of our time and build dynamic partnerships between artists and social justice organizers.
Clarity is an Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow (ICA) Alumni with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and has worked with several established non-profit organizations serving local communities through dynamic youth programs. For many years she was the visual arts instructor at EL PUENTE, an after school community center in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Leading classes in silk-screen design, painting, drawing, book making, set design and other crafts, she closely mentored a diverse group of young people and deeply invested in their personal and professional growth. Since 2006 she has been an enthusiastic practitioner and mentor in the rich legacy of Mural Art beginning that journey with El Puente's "Los Muralistas" on the mural " Time Flies " . She has facilitated an assortment of public art projects all over New York City as a Groundswell Community Mural Project artist since 2008. With Groundswell she has had the privilege of partnering with community leaders and organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Uprose, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Community League of the Heights, the Department of Environmental Protection and the City Parks Department and the Dept of Transportation, and Dept of corrections with several murals facilitated with incarcerated women on Rikers Island.
Crystal Claritys artwork supports critical community issues around sustainability, solidarity between diverse groups, gun violence, water conservation racial and reproductive justice and most currently the movement to defund the police and invest in community. She contributed front line visuals for Peoples Climate March in NYC 2014, Fight for 15 NYC, and The Womens March 2020 in DC and leads trainings in arts and resistance strategies for street protests, direct action and citywide mobilizations.
Crystal Clarity has advanced her craft at the Art Students League of New York, Penland School of Crafts and worked and studied bookmaking at the Center for Book Arts. She holds an Associates degree in Visual Communications and a BFA in Illustration graduating with honors from Parsons School of Design with a focus in printmaking.
She continues her practice as a muralist, educator and organizer in Brooklyn NY.