Unicia Buster is an award-winning artist from Richmond. She won a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship and a “Best in Show” award in the National Arts Program. She previously worked as an art specialist at VCU Health where she assisted with managing and curating gallery exhibitions and the hospital’s permanent art collection and taught arts and crafts to patients. She saw more than 800 patients per year! She previously worked for 10 years as a graphic designer for the Richmond Free Press, a local magazine created for the African-American audience. While working there, she won second and third place in the Virginia Press Association Awards advertisement category.
A professional artist for more than 18 years, Unicia has been featured on Channel 12 News, in the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Free Press, and Style Weekly and was a guest speaker at the 24th Annual Good Grief Conference in 2014, and at TEDxYouth RVA in 2017. Unicia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University and her Master of Arts degree from George Mason University. She has exhibited in numerous cities including Washington DC; Long Island City, NY; and Rome, Italy, as well as Richmond, VA.
Unicia loves meeting new people and draws inspiration from those encounters. She has created “My Hair Naturally,” a series of quilted wall hangings, photography, and paintings which celebrate the beauty of natural African-American hair; and "Life Lines," a series of echo-line drawings. Her first year-long creativity project is called Afros365. She also self-published two celebrated adult coloring books "Coloring Curls" (Nov. 2016) and "Coloring Curls 2" (Oct. 2017). Photo credit: Elli Morris