Amazing Deaf Artists (III)

Third part of this series of three articles dedicated to Deaf artists of plastic arts.

    Parts: 1  |  2  |  3

Bernard Bragg

Bernard Bragg (photo: NAD)

Actor, director, producer, playwright, teacher, poet and co-founder of the National Theatre of the Deaf theatre company in the United States but, most of all, he is considered the pioneer of the visual vernacular and has even been called the 'father of the visual vernacular'. He died at the age of 90 in 2018 and his whole life has been connected with art and culture, as he showed an interest in theatre from an early age.

You can find a lot of videos and information about Bernard on the Internet and even his own website is still active, but the following is one of the posthumous videos published in his memory, in which he performed, probably for the last time, his famous 'The Eagle and the Squirrel':



Nancy Rourke


His Neo-Expressionist paintings are easily recognizable by the bright colours in red, yellow and blue, the primary colours. Nancy uses her art to represent the culture and Sign Language of the Deaf community, often for social denunciation of discrimination.

However, Nancy has a huge artistic experience. She had her first exhibition in 1979, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., was a graphic designer at the multinational Xerox, a palette designer at the powerful film production company 20th Century Fox and a graphic designer at Microsoft designing Windows icons.


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David Ludwig Bloch


Born in Germany, emigrated to the United States and married to a deaf Chinese woman, this deaf artist who died in 2002 went through the Great Depression and a Jewish concentration camp. His woodcuts were admired in China and he drew all the crockery for the White House of US President Richard Nixon. Some of his works are on display at the Centre for Jewish History at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York.



Jennifer Tandoc

Jennifer Tandoc (photo: Facebook page from Jennifer Tandoc)

With great patience and detail, Jennifer Tandoc uses the pen or pencil to create her abstract illustrations. She was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States, where she graduated from RIT College in Rochester with a degree in computer art and design. For his works he uses a pigmented ink that is chemically stable, waterproof and light-resistant.


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Carlisle Robinson


Carlisle was born in the United States and moved to Toronto, Canada. He defines himself as a queer male trans cartoonist and illustrator, something that should be applauded, not only for giving visibility in an honest way to this usually misunderstood collective but also for using his work to educate society with stories rarely told by minority groups, especially Deaf people.

If you don't know him yet, you will love him in the following video:


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