Jean-Lemke Charlot II (ARMDQUEST) is a Haitian American visual-performance artist from Queens, New York. His journey as an artist started at 8 years old doodling portraits on the back of school exams of some of his favorite shows. He took classes at Jerry’s Artarama and earned several education degrees graduation from the High of Art and Design and completing is BFA in Illustration and a Certificate in Digital Photography from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology.
In addition, Jean has built a career as a West African Percussionist, performing in the Afro-Diaspora for several cultural, celebratory, and inaugural events throughout the Metropolitan area. Many of the pieces Jean creates tells his perspective on the influence West African Culture has on others through is traditional performing arts, customs, and lifestyle. Whether painted through acrylic, oil, or digital media, he enjoys telling stories that spark conversations through his use of rich vibrant color schemes and juxtapose concept building.
Jean’s mission is to use his illustrative skills to help introduce others the rich African culture that thrives in New York City. Jean continues to build a portfolio of Afro-Diasporic pieces while hosting paint parties and working with young artist to build portfolios of work to help with their acceptances into the best Art High Schools and Art Colleges. Jean reinvented himself under the name ARMDQUEST: Afro Renaissance Man Developing Quality Under Every Steady Thought. ARMDQUEST became Jean’s identity to build his own platform to mentor young artists.