Jabari C Jefferson is a mixed media oil painter based in Washington DC. His vibrant, textured multimedia paintings are inspired by concepts of self-development and self-reflection. His on going body of work , ‘The Library Series’ draws attention to the historical and often complex relationship of Black presence in spaces of education.  Metaphorically, the library is one's own experiential database of betterment. Influenced from the aesthetics of a traditional library, the work symbolizes a psychological space of sanctuary and development.  Jabari received much of his inspiration from the values instilled in him as a young man by his father, a librarian at the Library of Congress, and his grandfather, a retired archivist for The National Archives.  Books and education were an essential component of his childhood.





BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduate, with degree focusing in Painting, Film Directing and Art Administration 



Words Beats & Life Murals Competition -Summer 2015


International  Center for the Arts Painting Residency in Monte Castello, Italy - Summer 2016

International Group Art Show in Monte Castello, Italy- Summer 2016

Produced, curated and stared in “Art Wanted Show” art show; Throop Studios Chicago -Spring 2016 

Chicago International Hostel Mural Arts Competition (2nd place winner) - 2016

Chicago Nippon Steele Company Winter-Spring Art show Selected Candidate  - 2015 - 2016


Chicago Sullivan Gallery BFA show - Spring 2017


 Greenwood Art Center Group Show, SouthCarolina-Winter 2018

 Pepco Edison Place Gallery BADC Group Show,                                                              Washington DC- Winter 2018

Anacostia Art Center Black Love Experience Group Show                               Washington DC- Spring 2018

Art Barns Big Bold & Beautiful Group Show                                                               Gaithersburg Maryland - Summer 2018

Artist Makers & Studios  BADC Group Show                                                               Rockville Maryland- Summer 2018

Artist Makers & Studios This Place Solo Show     

Rockville Maryland - Summer 2018 


2019, Solo Exhibition , The Library Series: Graduate Collection, ArtReach at TheArc,          Washington DC

2019 , Grand Opening, Art Collective Gallery, Arkansa

2019 , Motivation by Inspiration, Harmony Hall Arts Center