artist profile: 2019Coltrane Artist Edreys Wajed


above: Artist Edreys Wajed photographed by Luke Copping

Don’t miss that Trane!

The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State and Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest saxophone players of all time September 19 – 21, 2019. This year’s headliners are Nasar Abadey, George Caldwell, Joe Ford, Curtis Lundy, Wayne Escoffery, Montez Coleman and LeNard Rutledge. Tickets are selling faster than greased lightning.  To purchase, go to

Designer of this year’s Coltrane artwork is Edreys Wajed, a Buffalo-based creative entrepreneur who has transitioned through several crafts and artistic media working as a visual artist, jewelry maker, musician, graphic designer and educator.

Wajed was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, coming from a family of multifaceted artisans. Early on as a teenager he discovered the use of his voice as a performing musician and writer, while creating custom painted hats and clothing as well. He also became a popular self-taught barber and logo designer among several other creative pursuits. Wajed was able to expand and add to his creative skill set, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from SUNY Buffalo State.

Many of his professional, creative endeavors have branded him as a multitalented force. From a career as a hip hop artist, to gallery and boutique owner, to most recently a video director and stage play writer, he successfully continues to challenge himself in growing as a creative entrepreneur.

Wajed has been exhibited in group shows at the Main Street Gallery, SUNY Buffalo State and the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology. His solo exhibition, White Lines Matter, was featured at the Western New York Book Arts Center in 2017. His most recent solo installation, Check out my Melody, was hosted at Argus Gallery. Wajed’s work was also exhibited in Contemporary Portraiture at the Burchfield Penney.

In collaboration with the Albright Knox Art Gallery and NFTA Metro, he participated as a contributing artist on the Freedom Wall with fellow artists Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley and John Baker. Wajed’s personal mantra is, “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it! I strive to be an inspiration to others through my thoughts, words and actions.”

Wajed and his wife Alexa, also a creative, operate under Wajed, LLC and share a majority of their products at

“Edreys now joins the ranks of artists Phillip Burke and Stacey Robinson in the Coltrane poster collection, it was an honor to work with him,” said Renata Toney, Burchfield Penney marketing strategist. “Signed limited edition posters will be available for purchase in the gift shop throughout the Coltrane festival.”