In a neighborhood that breathed creativity, three remarkable individuals, Robert Banks, Georgio Sabino III, and Dexter Davis, lived as neighbors, each bringing their own unique flair to the artistic tapestry of the arts community. The photograph, beautifully captured by the talented Emmanuel Wallace, embodies the history and talent that permeated the city.
Robert Banks: An American Experimental Filmmaker To the left of the frame, we find Robert Banks, a pioneering American experimental filmmaker, born in Cleveland, Ohio, For over three decades, Banks has been immersed in the world of filmmaking, delving into physical film formats like 16 mm and 35 mm. His remarkable career extends to teaching film at various institutions in Cleveland, including Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland State University.
Banks’s films are not mere celluloid; they are a profound exploration of themes that range from race, culture, media, to art itself. His most renowned work, “X: The Baby Cinema,” a short film critiquing the commercial exploitation of Malcolm X’s image, made its mark at the first New York Underground Film Festival in 1993, winning the Best Experimental award. He’s also graced other prestigious film festivals such as Sundance and SXSW.
In 2019, after seven years of tireless production, Banks completed his first feature-length film, “Paper Shadows.” This cinematic masterpiece is a collage of his experiences and emotions as an artist living and working in Cleveland, securing the Audience Award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival in 2020.
Dexter Davis: A Contemporary Art Visionary On the right side of the frame stands Dexter Davis, a contemporary artist deeply rooted in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art and, interestingly, works as a security guard at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where one of his own artworks resides within the collection. Davis is best known for his collage-based paintings that reflect his personal experiences and address critical social issues, including violence, race, and poverty. His thought-provoking work has been displayed at various galleries and festivals, with a significant accolade. Davis’s unique and expressive style has garnered critical acclaim, solidifying his place as one of the most promising artists in the region.
Georgio Sabino III: A Multifaceted Creative At the center of this artistic triumvirate is GS3, a versatile artist who calls Cleveland his home but hails from Columbus, Ohio. Georgio’s creative palette spans across different media, encompassing painting, photography, and fashion design. His remarkable career has seen him honored with invitations to the White House, where he’s captured national champions like the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Cavaliers (Anomaly Twice). His collaborations with prominent artists like Hector Vega, Bruce Conforti, Arnold Turner (Los Angles Premier Red-Carpet Photographer), and his authorship of a book about President Obama underline his prominence in the artistic community. Georgio’s work is a testament to his passion for civic engagement, education, and mentoring in the arts. His art is a vibrant exploration of his personal experiences and the pressing social issues of our time, employing dramatic lines, vivid colors, and powerful contrasts. Georgio has not only received awards but also showcased his work in various galleries and Paris Fashion Week 2023, earning him the reputation as one of the most promising artists in the region.
In the photograph by Emmanuel Wallace (Scene Magazine), we witness the coming together of these three incredible artists, their creativity a testament to the rich cultural history of the city. These neighbors have not only shared space but also shared inspiration, enriching the artistic legacy of their community with their diverse talents and a shared love for the arts.