About Me

 

Patience Lekien

Word is, I'm an artist.

B.A. Psychology / Pre-Med at the University of New Hampshire

M.F.A. Graphic Design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

I began my creative journey at the age of four with pencil and paper, the earliest tools I can remember using. I developed my illustrative abilities at a young age. Little did I know I was setting myself up for a career as a creative. I was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the first of three children, and lived there for the first six years of my life before relocating to the United States. Despite my early interests in art, I went on to pursue another interest of mine, medicine. While attending the University of New Hampshire, I pursued a degree in psychology and pre-medicine, while balancing extracurricular activities that would help nurture me to be a strong leader. During this time, I grew an ever-growing interest in social justice issues, which led me to exploring identity and how it shapes our perspectives and experiences. This interest would later become the foundation of my personal practice and an extension of how I tackle issues in my professional practice. After graduating, I switched gears and fully committed myself to furthering my knowledge of design and the fine arts. I went on to attend the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, finishing with my Masters in Fine Arts. In my personal practice, I explore the unique experiences that make up the individual human identity as well as the collective, often pulling from my own identity and personal experiences being Black and African in America. I am currently working as a full-time interactive designer in Boston, where I continue to engage in projects that give back and invest in the community.