With an artistic individuality all her own, artist Sylvia “Gbaby” Cohen, founder of Gbaby™, purposes her art as an apparatus built to inspire, encourage, and spark motivation in all that encounter each one-of-a-kind piece. Sylvia continues to stay true to her signature by creating visual eloquence in every bold and powerful image of a woman she paints. With its exclusive hand-painted handbags conquered, the Gbaby brand has launched into a new medium to expand the collection.
Gbaby™ took root in the early 2000’s when Sylvia’s teenage daughter, Giovonnie Samuels, who was an actress on Nickelodeon’s All That, was looking for a handbag to wear to an awards ceremony. During their search, the mother-daughter duo discovered a void in the fashion industry; there were no handbags or t-shirts that reflected images of beautiful black women. Sylvia’s creative spirit took hold and she painted her first Gbaby™ handbag. It gained instant popularity with the mothers and kids on set and within no time she was spending all her time as “set mom” painting handbags and shirts. Little did she know it would be the first step into building the brand known today as Gbaby.
Sylvia has celebrated a career that has taken her around the country to various festivals, including the Essence, National Black Arts, Chicago Music and Art, and Pan African Film Festivals. She has published three calendars with Shades of Color (in 2006, 2011 and 2018), and has created a logo for the BET’s, Black Girls Rock. The message and beauty of her paintings resonates with men and women around the country.
Now living in Conyers, Georgia, Sylvia is continuing on with her original paintings and mixed media masks. With three licensing deals, her artwork is produced on an array of products including: cutting boards, light switch covers, sets of boxed note cards, and woven tote bags. Sylvia has just released her sixth inspirational calendar with Shades of Color for 2019 entitled “Seek, Sacrifice & Succeed”. She has also expanded the reach of the Gbaby brand to include a publishing company, “My Heart on the Line”. The company has launched the first book, “The Art of Business; The Business of Art” workbook, and Gbaby’s first adult coloring book “Goddess of Nature”.
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