Najee Dorsey is a self-taught figurative artist with a broad following particularly in the South. A native of Arkansas with roots in Louisiana, Dorsey draws intimately on his recollections of life in the deltas for his brightly colored mixed media paintings and sculptures. His rich compositions are compelling vignettes of Southern life populated with blues musicians and jook joints, sharecroppers and striving middle-class families, matriarchs and patriarchs, athletes and children.
Dorsey started painting at the age of 5 and sold sold his paintings to his encouraging mother to buy candy. He earned a partial scholarship to the Memphis Academy of Art, but was forced to drop out because he could not afford it. In 2005 he made the decision to commit himself to making art full-time. In the years since Dorsey has has some 17 solo show and participated in a number of group exhibitions.
Dorsey has been the recipient of awards that include a 2006 Patrons Purchase Award from the Polk Museum of Art in GA. Public collections of his work include the African American Museum in Dallas, TX; the Marietta Museum of Art, FL; and Liberty Bank and Trust Company in New Orleans, LA. His work can also be found in a number of private collections.