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Derrick R. Cruz was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on
the island of Puerto Rico. A Painting graduate of East Carolina
University, Cruz employs his ability to combine endangered
technologies and rare materials to spearhead what is Black Sheep &
Prodigal Sons -- a rare brand of narrative accessories and art objects.

Melding historically rich craft traditions and occult motifs, Cruz’s
work materializes his obsession with the beauty potentially found
in darkness. Each piece, from inception to presentation, is as much
a pledge to fine craftsmanship as it is a conceptual conduit between
materialism and intuition. Under the influence of funerary
crafts, alchemical studies, and Native American mythology,
Cruz honors the past with rigorous research and meticulous
execution. Building on those traditions, his objects emerge as
modern moralizing tools and intimate fetishes.

Derrick R. Cruz is the recipient of several international awards
and honors including the winner of the 2007 GEN ART Styles
Design Vision Award, Semi-finalist of the 2009 Ecco Domani
Fashion Foundation Award, and recepient of the Icarus Competition
Excellence in Painting Award. Cruz’s work has recently
been featured at Spring Gallery of Brooklyn, Earnest Sewn New
York Exhibitions, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Capsule
New York, as well as in Tribeca Grand Art Exhibitions, and
Barneys New York . His work has also been lauded in numerous
publications including Time Magazine,The New York Times and
New York Times Style Magazine (commissioned to create the “T”
logo), Interview, GQ, New York Magazine, Tokion, Vman, Zink,
Elle, W, Clear, WWD, Purple, Rolling Stone, and many others.

Derrick R. Cruz lives and works in Manhattan, New York.





Theft of Light is dedicated to my late father, Jose Rafael “Jun” Cruz (1951-2009), a consistent inspiration for my work.

In the early 90’s Jun fled a life in Puerto Rico to seek another in Colorado. A lover of nature and vibrant cultures, the west reawakened his lifetime admiration of native American folklore and authentic crafts. In step with his Puertorican Taino roots, it wasn’t long before his passions inducted him into a local native American tribe. As a tribute to a fading culture he so cherished, Jun created a gallery and craft studio reviving traditional skills for making tools, decorative and ritual objects. Feathered buffalo headdresses, painted rawhide shields, lances, knives and the like soon filled Jun Cruz Gallery to the admiration of both novice and native. In the hands of a nearly lost culture, Jun Cruz had finally found a spiritual home.

Theft of Light becomes a reminder to me of how the need for familial instincts can make or break a person. Though some folks are denied this hopeful propensity, many individuals flee stagnation and dismissal in hopes of finding a new tribe. Some find one and thrive. Others, though successful at gaining acceptance, use their new affiliations to revel impatiently and indignantly towards self-destruction. In this sense, the imagery presenting Theft of Light are snapshots of what that basic tribal tendency looks like in my head –
illustrations for a chapter in my personal book of myths.


More Info: http://www.blacksheepandprodigalsons.com/

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