Art I Love: Rafael Leonardo Black, Discovered at 64


A artist living in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn has been painting for himself for three decades- keeping his artwork secluded in his apartment. He never made a living as an artist, instead working a series of small jobs such as a salesman at Macy’s, a secretary for a school and a typist for a law firm,

“I just never made the effort to sell it,” Mr. Black said. “I never expected to be able to make a living at it, but I’ve always done it since — well, I guess, since I’ve known my self.”

Having been recently discovered, he showed sixteen pieces at a gallery show last month and within days ten of them sold for prices ranging from $16,000 to $28,000. You can view the full story in the New York Times.

This story is a true testament that one should never abandon their art.

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