Lives in St. Louis, Missouri
Cbabi (pronounced Kuh-bob-bi) Bayoc is an internationally known visual artist and illustrator residing in St. Louis, Missouri. His subjects include family, children, music and a bunch of other cool stuff designed with line, bold color and phunk!
Bayoc, whose birth name is Clifford Miskell, Jr., adopted his name CBABI (Creative-Black-Artist-Battling- Ignorance) during his time at Grambling State University ('92-'95). In 1997, a legal name change took place at the time of his marriage. Later, Cbabi would change his last name to BAYOC (Blesed-African-Youth-Of-Creativity) as something that could be shared with his future children.
After working as a caricature artist at Six Flags over St. Louis, Cbabi pursued a career as an illustrator. His first notable client was Rap Pages magazine. During the entire year of 1998, he was given the RPM section every month to display a caricature of the featured artist. Through that exposure, he was contacted by Violator Management to create the artwork for the cover of the Violator Compilation, Vol.1 album, featuring the likenesses of Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Foxy Brown, Q-Tip, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, Fat Joe and Big Pun.
The year before, Bayoc was approached to exhibit artwork at an organization called Dignity House in St. Louis, which was a beneficiary of musician Prince's Love 4 One Another (L4OA) charity tour. The volunteer team recorded the food donation event on July 27, 1997, and took the footage back to Prince. The rest, as they say, is history. Prince liked what he saw and collected Bayoc's art for many years. On October 20, 2000, the day Cbabi's first child was born, Prince's management called to request samples of new work. Prince used one of the pieces he acquired during that round, "Reine Keis Quintet," as the cover art for his 23rd studio album, The Rainbow Children, which was released in 2001.
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