|Born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant
community of Brooklyn, New York, Marvin Sin is a self-taught artist working
in the medium of leather. His creative journey began as a child seeking
expression through drawing and painting. This youthful hobby was
elevated to the level of lifelong passion during the Black Arts movement
of the early 1970’s. “The artists I met in Harlem during that
period were a great influence on me. The Weusi Artists of Harlem,
the Africobra Artists of Chicago, the Black Theater Movement, the poetry,
dance, fashion and the general spirit of celebrating African culture
shaped my creative and political sensibilities powerfully and permanently."
"I began a personal search for a medium of
expression that embodied the African tradition of functional art and was
introduced to leather by college roommate J. Larry Frazier.
I found in leather a medium that allowed me to draw, paint, sculpt and
master a craft that was utilitarian.” Under the banner “The
Art of Leather” Mr. Sin has created his own distinct, and instantly recognizable
style for rendering an impressive collection of leather art accessories.
Celebrating his 30th Anniversary in 1998,
Marvin Sin is into his fourth decade of leather creativity, and is well
established as one of the preeminent leather craftsmen in the nation.
His trademark representations of Black Women in all their magnificence
and glory has truly endeared him to his loyal national and international
clientele of proud and self-affirmed African American Woman.
“I am simply embracing an international esthetic truth: The Black Woman
is a worldwide symbol of beauty and power”
His repertoire of imagery is expansive, incorporating
Khemetic (Egyptian) forms and symbols; the limitless sources of African
art, craft, and culture, inspirations from nature, as well as cosmic and
geometric references. Hand painted colors enliven the
designs that often feature three dimensional sculptural detail. A
myriad of leathers in a variety of colors and textures, multiplied by an
infinite source of design imagery, multiplied by an ever-expanding collection
of styles and rendering of bags, wallets, briefcases et al suggests that
the creative universe inhabited by Marvin Sin is infinite and increasing.
" I create my works of art on leather as functional
objects and as a media of communication. They flow around the
globe as a perpetual traveling exhibition, radiating the energy reflected
by beautiful, uplifting and empowering imagery. I have experienced
and am a true believer in the power of art to transform lives.
Thee greatest lesson I have learned on this wonderful journey is that art
and creativity are not limited to the talented few, but reside within us
all and that the greatest medium for creativity is life itself in all its
forms and complexities. Vision and imagination are precursors
for every action. The challenge is to free our minds and enlarge
our dreams of what is possible and desirable. We have the power.”
Marvin Sin is currently the owner of “The Art
of Leather by M.Sin”’ a fine art/craft leather accessories manufacturing
concern, and CEO of Windsor Artworks, Inc a crafts design and production
enterprise, both of which are based in rural Windsor, North Carolina.
Mr. Sin is also President of the Black Gold Group, a business focused association
of Artists, Craftspeople, and Designers.
Previous affiliations include Pres., Blackfrica
Promotions, Inc. (cultural productions); Vice-Pres., Uptown Chamber of
Commerce (Harlem business association): Vice-Pres., National Conference
A self described Artist and Cultural Nationalist,
Mr. Sin has advocated and organized for a wide range of issues combining
art/craft, culture, economics and politics. Mr. Sin serves
as a Senior Advisory Board Member of the IBBMEC (International Black Buyers and Manufacturers Expo & Conference). And a member of
the GABA Golden Age of Black Art) Steering Committee, an artists collective
encouraging the application of creative design principles to the shaping
of the New Afrikan Future, one decade at a time.