Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Diamond Symoné is an Afro-Caribbean artist, creative director, consultant and certified full-spectrum doula. Diamond is the eldest daughter of a Jamaican father and African-American mother. Graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Arts & Entertainment Administration, her deeply rooted passion for the arts allowed her to transpire childhood aspirations into a career. In addition to her educational accomplishments and community involvement, Diamond is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Establishing her own visual arts company in 2018, Diamond Symone Visuals, Diamond has paved a lane of her own as a creative millennial. More recently, Diamond has received a number of new opportunities to showcase her visual artistry via creative direction and fine art.
Over the years, she has grown into a new perspective as a visual artist and creative director. Diamond draws inspiration from real-life experience and culture to construct paintings of primarily acrylic + oil paint on canvas. Creating pieces with underlying inspirational messages, her artwork often yields discussion on the intersections of sexuality, femininity, urban culture, racial injustice, contemporary genre and African ancestry.
Much of her work includes portraits of prolific artists and activists who have inspired millions of brilliant minds through their passionate actions and artistry. Diamond believes that her art is an ode to black culture and black stories both told and untold. She states, “I am a proud Afro-Caribbean woman and our experience is what I know best; I love to create images of people that look and often feel like me. We deserve to be celebrated in such a way that allows the world to feel and digest the complexity of our presence and energy; it is truly beautiful.” With her hand in visual art as well as creative direction, she hopes to aid in continuing the positive representation of people of color within the arts.
Diamond’s latest works may be found in a multitude of locations across the US including her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” - Nina Simone