Graciela Cassel

Graciela Cassel was born in Argentina and currently lives in New York. She earned an MA in Studio Art from New York University and received an MFA from School of Visual Arts. Cassel recently presented her installations at Museo del Barrio, Sothebys and BRAC. Her videos received international awards and were screened in more than forty international festivals. Rivers received the NYC Queens Arts Fund in 2016. She recently received another Award Grant NYC form Queens Arts Fund in 2020. Citylife II was selected in twenty festivals. In 2019 Citytlife II recently received: Best Experimental Picture and Best Sound design awards.

Martin Calvino 

 Martin Calvino is a multimedia artist and scientist of Uruguayan descent whose work encompasses textiles, abstract painting, and the integration of media arts with genomics, machine learning and tango culture. He was an artist-in-residence at the 'Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab' at the Computer Science Department of Rutgers University; and a Senior Research Assistant at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. He previously attended the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He holds degrees in Plant Molecular Genetics from Rutgers University (PhD) and Tsukuba University (MS), and in Molecular Biology from the University of the Republic of Uruguay (BS). Martin conducted studies under the sponsorship of prestigious fellowships such as Fulbright (USA) and Monbukagakusho (Japan).

Christy Bencosme

Christy Bencosme (b. 1992) is a Dominican artist born and raised in NYC. Creating art to educate herself while initiating a visual conversation with others, her goal is to provide the opportunity to ask ourselves questions of social progress. Via a practice where the relationship to the material leads the trajectory of the work, there remains a parallelity between conceptualism and visual storytelling.

Dennis RedMoon Darkeem

Dennis RedMoon Darkeem is an artist inspired to create art work based on the familiar objects that he views through his daily travels.  He discovers elements in existing architecture and among everyday items found within the home.  He ultimately set out to express a meaningful story about events in his life and those found with the communities he works with. He utilizes different media in the creation of his work. This allows for great versatility and a rich viewer experience as the eye uncovers the multiple layers that often characterize mixed media art.

The 2021 AnkhLave Garden Project Fellows consist of 6 BIPOC artists who will create site-specific art installations throughout the grounds of Queens Botanical Garden (QBG).  By presenting artists and art-making in a nontraditional setting like the Garden, AnkhLave aims to promote BIPOC artists who represent and reflect the Garden’s diverse audience.  This project is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Meet the fellows below:

In the Queens Botanical Gardens

Moses Ros

Moses Ros is a Dominican-American sculptor, painter, and printmaker that lives and works in the Bronx. He has created large-scale public art commissions for the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Bronx Council for the Arts, and New York City Housing Authority, plus stained-glass windows for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. He has had solo exhibitions at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York, the Paterson Museum in New Jersey, the Bronx Museum, and El Instituto de Cultura y Arte in Santiago, Dominican Republic. 

Renluka Maharaj

Renluka Maharaj completed her BFA at the University of Colorado Boulder and her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received the Barbara De Genevieve Scholarship.   Her works are in institutional collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Joan Flasch artist book collection, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and special collections at the University of Colorado Boulder as well as numerous private collections. Her work has been recognized with awards including Fellowships from: Vermont Studio Center, Fountainhead Residency and Virginia Center For Creative Arts.​