Commissioned 2012 AFA Art Design
Marvin Sin began working with leather in 1968. His initial efforts focused on creating wall hangings and simple bags. He then discovered the medium allowed him to create in many forms and styles. It enabled him to draw, paint, sculpt, and carve on the same surface within the same composition.
In 1970, he coined the name “The Art of Leather” as the banner for his creations, and has used it ever since. His work has evolved for over 40 years, and his artistry has matured, as his themes, research, and experimentation has continued. His craft has benefited greatly by the generous intervention of leather masters who freely shared their techniques and insights.
In 1977, he moved to Washington D.C. from his native New York, and began his professional career as a leather artist and craftsman. The journey since then has been a process of mastering his craft, presenting his work to appreciative audience, and developing marketing venues and opportunities for himself, and others in his profession.
Sin’s work has been featured in exhibits at DuSable Museum, Anacostia Art Gallery, “FESTAC” in Lagos, Nigeria, GABA Conference & Exhibition in Salvador Bahia Brazil, and many others events and exhibits around the world. His work was also commissioned by the cast of the Broadway musical FELA to create a portrait bag for Lillias White, the show’s co-star, to commemorate her final performance.
Sin’s private art collectors include: Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Laurence Fishburne, Hon. Maxine Waters, Angela Bassett, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and ETA Theater, Chicago.
Through it all, he believes he has earned the privilege of being recognized as An Artist.