BazEco and Botanical Artist
Baz Cumberbatch is a self-taught eco and botanical artist creating unique pieces inspired by nature. Originally from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, his grandfather who made sailboats, and his father, a skilled carpenter and guitar maker, influenced his path to creating beautiful things.
In 1989, Baz became Southern Caribbean Windsurfing Champion and moved to California and then Hawaii to pursue a career in windsurfing, art, and to raise a family. In 2011, Baz visited Alaska and saw the water, mountains, skies, and land looking like the tropical trees that surrounded him. Upon returning to Hawaii, Baz began creating the mixed media pieces he creates today in both Evanston and Maui using all-natural material from banana, bamboo, coconut, and seven different types of palm trees found on the Hawaiian Islands. Using no paints, dyes, or stains he transforms mother nature’s artwork into scenes that represent natural beauty from the sky to the sea.
Most recently, Baz was accepted into the 2020 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. This art exhibition is the longest running gallery of African American art in the United States. Approximately 100 pieces were chosen from applicants across the states be part of the 50th annual celebration of Black Creativity, which runs from January 20, 2020 to March 1, 2020.