Ikouii Welcomes New Artists (Summer 2021)

The Ikouii Creative has recently increased its membership by welcoming two new Ikouii Artists, Mariam Paré and Jade Ramos.

Born in Morocco, Mariam Paré is well-recognized and celebrated for her colorful portraits painted by mouth, and other multimedia works. She is a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. Some of her major commissions include Craig H. Nielsen Foundation, Omorose Cosmetics, LifeWTR, Refinery29, and Pepsi company.

Mariam often tackles motifs surrounding the issues of gun violence and disability awareness. She is co-creator of Tres Fridas Project, an exhibition that “re-imagines art through the disability lens”. Mariam was awarded a 3Arts Fellowship for 2020, and continues to work in collaboration with University of Illinois (Chicago) Disability Culture Leadership Initiative. She volunteers on the Associate Board at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, helping to coordinate art exhibits for artists in the disability community.

Jade Ramos is a blind visual artist and disability advocate based in Philadelphia. Ramos’ work explores using written language as a visual tool to convey and obscure a message, which draws attention to discrimination against disabled people and the steps that can be taken to make the world more accessible.

“Disabled people are the largest minority group with the least amount of representation; I want to share my story and the stories of those who have disabilities and make what’s usually ignored or forgotten about no longer can be.” – Jade Ramos

To learn more about our new Ikouii Artists, visit their profiles from the Artists Directory.