Illustration • Inspiration

Creators in ComplexLand

Adobe and Complex partnered to bring you a digital experience that highlighted five emerging Black creators.

Adobe and Complex partnered for the inaugural ComplexLand, a five-day digital experience that invited visitors to explore a virtual world featuring exclusive product drops, musical performances, and the Adobe Creativity Space — a shoppable showcase of visual art from established and next-gen creators.

The Adobe Creativity Space highlighted five emerging Black creators in the When I See Black exhibit, and their work was on full display throughout the virtual world. The partnership also featured original content: two branded editorials and five films that allowed each creator to share their perspective on Black creative expression.

 

Meet the creators.

Bria Nicole Art

Bria Nicole is a visual artist and illustrator based in Houston, Texas.

She combines simple shapes and contrasting colors to create modern lifestyle imagery that captures the beauty of everyday objects and the simple joys of life.

 

Juan Veloz

Juan is a self-taught artist who originally started photography to express himself.

As a first-generation Dominican American, he uses his unique perspective to highlight the beauty in Black and Brown bodies, culture, and experiences through a poetic lens.

 

Dana Scruggs

Originally from the Southside of Chicago, Dana Scruggs has been in New York the last seven years.

She’s made a career of breaking barriers being the first Black female photographer for ESPN’s Body issue and the first Black photographer to shoot a Rolling Stone cover.

 

Philip Kaiten

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, 20-year-old Philip Kaiten, also known as VactuART, is a Black self-taught freelance digital artist who started at the age of 12.

Inspired by his childhood favorites on Disney and Nickelodeon, his style is a mix of real life and pure imagination.

Justine Mangum

Justine Mangum’s passion for art started when she was a little girl and has now led her to create her own space within the art world.

Through simple lines and bold colors, she creates a place where Black women can feel seen, loved, and, most importantly, beautiful.