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Isaka Shamsud-Din

Isaka Shamsud-Din is an artist, educator, and activist known in Portland for his rich murals, paintings and community projects celebrating and highlighting the Black community. While he doesn't consider himself a traditional designer, he worked on some prominent illustration projects for events and theater productions early in his career.

Voices from the Blackness Deep. Poster for Sojourner Truth Theatre Co. Silkscreen Print 1982.

Left to Right: Peacemaker. Poster for the Evergreen State College. Conte Crayon and Gouache on Paper. 1985; Passin’. Poster for Portland Black Repertory Theatre. Gouache on Paper. 1991; Untitled. Study for Cultural Streams Mural Project. (One of Four Murals). Colored Pencil on Paper. Portland, OR. 2006.

Isaka was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2020 and is need of financial support. Contribute to his GoFundMe campaign.
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Poster for a theater production for NAACP. Found in Portland State Library Collection.

“I made art because I just couldn’t help it. I became afflicted and addicted to art”

~ Isaka Shamsud-Din, Feb. 8 2020


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