Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Diamond Symoné is an Afro-Caribbean artist, creative director, and 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.
Diamond has served a number of leadership roles throughout her career including but not limited to: Creative Director, Social Media Specialist, Graphic Designer, Project Manager, and Marketing Coordinator for several organizations. In addition to fulfilling these roles, she has also had the opportunity to work with artists and brands across the nation.
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.
Over the years, she has grown into a new perspective as a visual artist. Diamond draws inspiration from real-life experience and black 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 black woman and the black 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 black people 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