Cedric “VISE1” Douglas is an accomplished artist and community activist engaging communities through art and projects that draw upon creativity in all of us. As a young boy, Cedric first began transforming abandoned spaces using graffiti art in the surrounding cities and towns of Boston. By the 1990s, he was known as alias “VISE1” an acronym for Visually Intercepting Society’s Emotion one image at a time. He later went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011. It was here, where the influence and inspiration of professor, Chaz Maviyane-Davies, a world renowned poster designer and social activist, helped him to see how to use this craft as a way to reach a wider audience through deeper social messages.
In 2014, The Boston Foundation in partnership with Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative awarded Douglas a $100, 000 grant for his understanding of art as a means to engage communities. Together with his partner, Julia Roth, Douglas created The Up Truck, a creative art lab. They have engaged thousands of Boston residents using mobile art to tap in to the creativity of underserved Boston communities. Douglas’ partnerships include working with colleges, universities such as Harvard and Northeastern to name a few, local graffiti artists, community organizations and galleries around the country. He is highly recognized for his large-scale murals and portraits known as social realism. His artwork can be seen at W Hotel Boston, Adjust Gallery Wynwood Miami, Boston Harbor Arts, and private collections for the Rosff Family and Northeastern University.
Cedric is honored to have been featured in the Boston Globe, Take Magazine, Roxbury Banner, Lens Magazine and Boston Magazine.
Douglas currently resides in Quincy, Massachusetts and is an active board member of multiple Boston based art organizations including, Celebrity Series Community Engagement Advisory Committee, Artweek Boston’s Public Art Advisory Board, and, Mass Creative Community Engagement Advisory Committee.