Buffalo-based artist Valentino Dixon was recently commissioned by First Lady Michelle Obama for a 20″ x 30″ drawing of the 12th hole of Augusta National Golf Club as a gift to Barack Obama for Christmas after seeing his interview with Bryant Gumbel on his Real Sports HBO Special … Talk about next level reach!
This exact drawing also happens to be the very first golf course Dixon drew when he was incarcerated at Attica and was the first of hundreds of drawings he would create before being released in September of 2018 (as featured in the cover of the challenger news) from prison after serving 27 years for a crime he didn’t commit and has been exonerated for as another man confessed to the crime.
Dixon’s national attention, sports illustrated feature meeting Tiger Woods and Real Sports HBO special and now being part of the Obamas collection is just the beginning for this Buffalo artist . Dixon as informed that the Drawing would be hanging in Barak’s office . He recorded a video to accompany the gift sending president Obama a special message .
Hopefully you got a chance to see his solo show at Burchfield Penney Arts Center last year that included not just these amazing golf course drawings but beautiful Afrocentric and Native themed works as well.
Dixon is expected to release his memoir ‘s entitled The Soul of an Unfreed Man” on Amazon in March of 2021 and we can’t wait!