Willie Torbert was in attendance and showcased his artwork at the first annual Sizzle Arts Festival that was held on Sept 30, 2019 in Chelsea Manhattan.
Willie works in a variety of media, including oil, ink, and collage to produce singular and highly stylized representations of African American life. Scenes of street life and images of jazz and blues musicians, and heroic African queens and warriors often populate his work.
Also, he graciously acknowledges the almost certain influence of other major black artists. Indeed, Willie has previously stated that “it changed my life” when he saw Romare Bearden’s images of Harlem in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum many years ago.