My name is Dylan Kendall. I grew up in several states and went to schools that encouraged a lot of creative thinking. When I was 17, a year after moving to Los Angeles and after graduating high school early, my parents thought it best if I put my energies into more productive activities then staying out late in Hollywood so they packed me up and sent me to Richmond College in London. Four months later, I bolted and began running around the Middle East, eventually landing in Paris.
In Paris, I “unofficially” took classes at Parsons School of Design. That worked. Certain I had found my refuge in art-making, I moved to Oakland to enroll at the College of Arts and Crafts. I got a job in a local bar when I was 20, Bella Napolis, the only black-owned, gay black bar in Oakland and where I learned to pour a mean shot of Courvoisier and back it with a beer. I left both the college and the bar about a year later. I went back to Europe, then to Africa….