A graduate of Jamaica’s Edna Manley School of Art, Ras Akyem I is a veteran exhibitor throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, England and the US. In 1996 Ras Akyem’s paintings won the Gold Medal at the Third Biennial of Caribbean and Latin American Painting, held in Santo Domingo, and was part of the collective submission by Barbadian artists which won the country a Gold Medal. Between 1995 and 1997 Ras Akyem successfully completed postgraduate studies at Cuba’s prestigious art academy, the University of Superior Arts (ISA). His work has been published and discussed in such publications as Barbadian Art: What Kind of Mirror Image? and Caribbean Art by Veerle Poupeye. In 1998 he was awarded the Barbados Service Star in that year’s Barbados Independence Honors. Ras Akyem is the recipient of the 2012 Caribbean Luminary of the Arts Award.