Who the F*ck is Darius x Moreno?

January 26, 2019

Let me start out by saying, I give credit where credit is due. At this point my credit cards are maxed! Darius x Moreno is a young black artist that is surely becoming a household name. He’s living a dream. It’s a blessing and inspiration to so many black artists to witness his ascension. He’s a DMV native and a recent graduate of Parsons who is passionate about his craft. I followed him about two years ago on Instagram because his art was out of this world. His ultra-black, yet colorful urbanesque paintings spoke to me in a special way. Many of them reminded me of people that I’ve known, some of the art my mom displayed in our house growing up and the lane of art that I fell into.

Fast word to 2017, Darius is working with Goldlink as the Art Director of a Grammy nominated, 2x Platinum album “At What Cost.”. What a fucking win! I remember one night I saw him in SOHO after a Vice Magazine party and I had to show love. His humble nature and breathtaking work, made me want to know more.

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Who is Darius x Moreno? 

A Visual artist in every sense of the word.

What was you and your twin, Dare Moreno’s childhood like? Why are you two so fucking cool? What in your childhood inspired your art today? Lol We need answers!

Lol I feel like me and Darrion grew up like Ed, Edd n Eddy. Like I didn’t play sports really but we were always outside convincing other kids in the neighborhood to join us in our little schemes and adventures. At one point, we were on punishment a lot so we had free time to just do creative stuff in the house. We used to start new projects like every week, from making comic books, building forts outside, to writing a play, or filming a movie. It’s kind of funny because almost all projects we do now are almost always inspired from something we did as kids…just a different amount of pressure. We were always “cool” in our neighborhoods. I guess because everyone knew everyone’s living situation, but it was kind of different in school. Once we got to middle school, some kids were jealous of how close we were but it just made us closer.

Why do you think it’s important for black artist to reflect the real lives and culture of black people? Do you think there is, now, a space for us to do this freely?

Because there isn’t enough black art being displayed properly throughout any outlet, so it is very important for black artists to continue to push and flood anywhere with art. I do think we have found spaces for us but it’s definitely not enough in the major art worlds. The great thing about the internet, though, is that through supporting each other we can and will continue to create our own spaces versus trying to be accepted by fine art world standards.

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If your art could be a part of a large art movement today, what do you think it’d be called? 

Hmm that’s hard. I’m really bad with names but I do feel like we have had a wave of this style that I’d describe as Afro Expressionism. When I look at my art and my peers, sometimes I see so many similarities, as far as, bold colors and stokes. It really reminds me of the Post Expressionism Movement.  I do hope that one day the world can really appreciate all the black art of this time and how powerful it is.

Give me your definition of “Ghetto Fabulous”?

The idea of making something glamorous, and overtly beautiful out of very restricted circumstances. Anyone who steps out looking and feeling like a million bucks can be ghetto fabulous, it’s really a mindset.

What emotions do you try to convey through the expressions of these colorful black people? Is there a significance in the colors of their eyes and the reflective colors of their skin? 

I’m usually trying to convey whatever expression is on the person I’m painting. As far as colors, I used to really avoid certain colors like basic flesh tones, black, and use the color wheel to create colors close to the skin tone. Honestly, I think the reason I really started using so many colors is because when my instructor taught me how to paint, I noticed how many colors he used in white and lighter skin tones verses black skin tones. That really bothered me. Now I don’t even think about the colors I’m putting down. I just let it flow and it usually works out.

Give me two of your top favorite pieces that you’ve done to date. Why are they your favorites?

This was hard. The blue piece of Marco ‪Mckinnis. I painted him because I was in love with a song he dropped on Soundcloud in like 2015. It really made me feel a way. It was also the first time I painted someone who was present. So, it was interesting to see his reaction and everyone else’s. But honestly, I love all the paintings I did from 2015-16. It was a different feeling then.

Marco Mckinnis Inspired Painting by Darius x Moreno

What’s a dream place for your art to be displayed?

On TV screens, through a streaming network, major ads and a museum would be cool. I don’t have a specific place but I think my biggest dream right now is to see my art as a mural. I think murals are so impactful.

GoldLink Billboard in Washington DC

How did you link up with GoldLink? 

His manager linked us. We both were fans of each other’s work and realized how many mutuals we had in common. Then we just started working together since then.

(All of the above art was made by Darius)

Tell us more about Dare Dollz? If Dare Dollz had a TV show, what would it be about? 

Dare Dollz is a dream that my sister and I have had since we were like 8. We’ve always loved dolls when we were younger and were obsessed with the idea of seeing out favorite people as dolls; like on celebrity death match. I never thought about actually making them until 2016 when I took a toy making class and fell in love with my dolls. If we had a show it would definitely be a dramedy themed sitcom loosely based off of my friend’s and experiences in New York.

Who is an artist, that many people do not know about, that has phenomenal work that should get more attention?

@Brndnthmpsn

Black House by Brandon Thompson

@pig.malion

Mo Grace Baby by PJ Harper

@edenbseifu

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I’ve been in love with these peoples works for a minute and have seen them all get better and better through social media. I’m excited to see what they all have coming for the future.

How do you stay encouraged in such a saturated world of artists and wannabees?

Sticking to what I want to create and believe in and not giving in to what people want to see you do. I’m still learning to go with my gut because it’s usually always right.

Also follow Darius’s Instagram and website

@Dariusxmoreno

https://dariusxmoreno.com/project/the-goldlink-project-commissioned-by-sony-rca/

Check out GoldLink’s new song “Got Muscle” featuring PeeWee Longway and WavyIQ which features artwork by DareDollz and shot by Andre Uncut .

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