2021 Create Change Fellow
NYC | Multidisciplinary, Painting, Performance, Sculpture, Video
Samer ‘RIDIKKULUZ’ Akroush is a self-taught, New York-based, Jordanian-American multidisciplinary artist working in painting, sculpture, performance, and video. His work themes around identity, duality, and bridging the gap between Western and Arab culture. Currently, the main focus is on marginalized identities and their spaces via figurative portraiture. He was an Artist-in-Resident at XOL Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland in 2015 and at the Rowaq Al Balqa Foundation in Fuheis, Jordan in 2016. RIDIKKULUZ received a B.S. in business from St. John’s University in 2016. RIDIKKULUZ has exhibited in Westchester, New York City, and Jordan.
His digital illustration served as the cover art for DJ Lorant and his mixed media work was featured in the music videos of Lupe Fiasco and Kiing Sky. In 2018, he was interviewed by Amman Radio for his depiction of the Royal King and Queen of Jordan. RIDIKKULUZ is a Khalil Gibran Scholar and recently presented his artwork as a guest lecturer at Stanford University. Belonging to New York City’s ballroom community, he is a proud member of the House of Xtravaganza and has received training from Benny Ninja.
“The role of art and culture for the future of the city is being a catalyst for joy by uniting people of all backgrounds through accessibility, love, and creativity.”