Toppa Top 10: Ten Jamaican Visual Artists You Should Know

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Ras Daniel Hartman
Ras Daniel Hartman

Ras Daniel Hartman was the definitive illustrator of the Rastafari experience. His charcoal and pencil drawings mesmerize and have been copied countless times, although he never had much financial gain from his work. The famous “Original Rasta Baby” is his—actually the title is “Prince Emanuel”. He made a foray into acting as Pedro, Ivanhoe Martin’s best friend in The Harder They Come.  Sadly, he passed away in Tanzania in 1990 at age 47–only two years after his repatriation to the motherland. (See also Albert Artwell, Everald Brown and Birth “Ras Dizzy” Livingston)

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