Toppa Top 10: Ten Jamaican Visual Artists You Should Know

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March 19, 2013


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 โ€œOriginal Rasta Babyโ€ is hisโ€”actually the title is โ€œPrince Emanuelโ€. He made a foray into acting as Pedro, Ivanhoe Martinโ€™s best friend in The Harder They Come.ย  Sadly, he passed away in Tanzania in 1990 at age 47โ€“only two years after his repatriation to the motherland. (See also Albert Artwell, Everald Brown and Birth “Ras Dizzy” Livingston)