meet cbabi bayoc

So ... What's a Cbabi?

Well let me tell you.

It's a Creative Black Artist Battling Ignorance

So guess what? ... You can be a "CBABI" too! I don't mind!

but seriously, i'm a husband, father, and then a painter. I've been blessed with a supportive family and i am just getting started in this art thang y'all. Please come along for the ride. I feel it getting real exciting!

Cbabi (pronounced Kuh-bob-bi) Bayoc is an artist who has always known, and lived, his calling: creating art which reflects his love of music and family. This was in fact the reason he changed his name in 1997 from Clifford Miskell to Cbabi Bayoc. He wanted a name that when said always sent him a reminder of his purpose in life.

Cbabi stands for Creative Black Artist Battling Ignorance and Bayoc (which he waited for his wife to discover) stands for Blessed African Youth of Creativity. Cbabi wanted to have a last name that included the attributes of the wife he was going to bear children with because the last name, he felt, should reflect both parents and not just the father.

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Last week's group rocked. So who is down for tonight? Got open seating available... Check out "Cupcakes and Canvases" on Eventbrite! Date: Fri. April 28, 2017 Location: SweetArt https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cupcakes-and-canvases-tickets-33720162915?aff=eandprexshre&ref=eandprexshre
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Won't be using the Ipad today...😕😪 Busy in the head. Placed on hood of car. Threw away trash for friend. Drove off. Realized 20 min later. Drove folks to school thinking about it. Went back 2 hrs later and found this feet from the house!!! If I have a bad day because of this it is by choice. God let me get up on this side of the earth today. Folks are having real life happen right now. This is a crucial piece to my career but replaceable... #grateful
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cbabi

If you are familiar with the cat that stands by the Vonderrit Myers memorial periodically and waves while holding a "Black Lives Matter" sign, than you have recognized a geniunely heart-filled spirit. He just sat in @sweetartstlouis and folded up several of these beautiful bird pins with quotes and left a few with us. "It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela... #timing #puresoul #genuine #neighbor #blacklivesmatter
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Illustration game just got super-sized with my new Ipad Pro!! Tshirt game about to be on and poppin!! Who's ready for the coloring book? #cbabigonevector
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The parents and staff members of the Wilson School rocked the house tonight! Great job ladies!! #cupcakesandcanvases #cbabibayocpainting #sweetartstlouis #sweetart #itsjustpaint #trysomethingnew #onestrokeatatime
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I don't know the father in this piece, but I do know the child on the left. That is local artist, Solomon Thurman. I am honored you asked me to do this very special painting for you. Can't tell you how many times I studied intensely the mural of the Tuskegee airmen in the St. Louis Lambert Airport. And then to get to know you and have you commission me for something... Milestone! Salute sir! #365dayswithdad #commitment #dadsmatter #keeppushing #idontquit #dadsdontbabysit #classicman #grayscale #acrylicpainting
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"Jeff is a wonderful, sweet father. He chats about science with our three year old over dinner. He sings our baby to sleep every night. He reads books, he snuggles, he wipes away tears, he listens, he loves. We are so lucky." - Michelle #365dayswithdad #cbabibayocpainting #presentdaddy #commitment #hike #adventure #fallleaves #dadsmattertoo #dadsmatter #dadsdontbabysit #daddyslittlegirl
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Asked to create art for some booklet designs for 3 productions for Metro Theater. 2 down...1 to go! #metrotheater #cbabibayocpainting #acrylicpainting #illustration #iceskating #schoolchildren #kidfriendly
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Nicholas and Nyheeta: "I remember being told that no court would ever grant custody to the father of a little girl. Not with her mother alive. When I started fighting, I didn't know how I was going to care for my baby girl. All I knew was that life without her would be like taking me off life-support and leaving me for dead. Raising her, over the last 5 yrs, has been the most challenging yet the most fulfilling thing I have ever experienced; and I have ran several half marathons lol. From late night homework checks, to two strand twist with barrettes.  From the hard times of laying down a hand, to the emptiest days of when I had to hide my tears, trying to show her that I am still Superman and I will do my best to always be here. I thank God for helping me make it this far and for the support system he has put in place to help me when I stumble, and pick me back up when I fall." She has been my saving grace who keeps me on the right path. I know if I give up, she fails and I can't afford to let that happen whether on my clock or anyone else clock. So I grind. @itsamindgame #365dayswithdad #cbabibayocpainting #superman #singlefather #dadsmatter #dadsmattertoo #dadsdontbabysit
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Just finished two dad pieces. Post one tomorrow morning. Itchin to get on this black n white....but i digress and will choose to rise early instead. Hope you had a Happy Easter y'all!! #perseverance #365dayswithdad #365DAD. #cbabibayocpainting #inspiredtoinspire #greatfamilyday #mysoulsmiles #blessed
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Thank you ladies for a night of fun and laughter. It is beautiful to see strangers just fold into one another through a shared vulnerable experience in paint. Check out "Cupcakes and Canvases" on Eventbrite! Next Date: Friday, April 21, 2017 Location: SweetArt https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cupcakes-and-canvases-tickets-33719870039?aff=eandprexshre&ref=eandprexshre #cupcakesandcanvases #cbabibayocpainting #inspiredtoinspire #itsjustpaint #trust #beopentonewexperiences
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Check out "Cupcakes and Canvases" on Eventbrite! Tonight's participants are diving in like champs!! Dates listed. Location: SweetArt https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cupcakes-and-canvases-tickets-33719870039?aff=eandprexshre&ref=eandprexshre
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Check out "Cupcakes and Canvases" on Eventbrite! Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017 Tonight is freestyle. I will be creating samples for future classes while helping those that would like to come through tonight. AND there will be cupcakes!! $40/person Location: SweetArt https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cupcakes-and-canvases-tickets-33719870039?aff=eandprexshre&ref=eandprexshre
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@uniquecaferacers I promise it is my dream to have an easel on the side of a dope vehicle and travel the states school to school! And I havenever stopped loving VW buses. This mug is SICK!!!!
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cbabi

One of our dopest customers (@easybreezyyoga) is visiting from the sunny side of the country and offering an amazing opportunity on the 30th @ 10am. Donation-based fee. Come support our dear friend and honor your body and soul with this treat. As @sweetartstlouis stated: "Come early to secure your mat."
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After a too few dates, I was pregnant.  I didn't know him well enough at all, but he made clear to me that he wasn't going anywhere. He knew what it was to be fatherless, and he wasn't going to have a child in the world that didn't know they were loved...He fought me to be with me.  He loved me until I loved him. When this girl entered the world, he went into overdrive. He chased his dream of teaching...He worked full time and community coached while attending college to get his teaching certificate. He bought us a house and a dog... When we didn't live together, even when we were broken up,  he saw our daughter everyday with out fail.  She knew her Daddy better than anyone. He taught her to play ball, punch, dance , love, sing, joke, and how to take care of me.  We married after 9 years together, our baby planned our wedding. We had one anniversary...The weekend before he died was so good. There was nothing remarkable about it.  We joked around. We watch spanish novelas and korean dramas. I cooked Sunday Breakfast (not a regular occurrence) He took a student to work across town.  We laid mulch in the front yard.  He cleaned his car and found his lost wedding ring. We laughed because it didn't fit because he'd lost weight. We made love. We hung out with our daughter. We listened to some newly released Hip Hop that night in bed... It was so good, and it seemed like each second was singular, like we were experiencing them separately.  He even remarked on how slow it was going. I later found out he told a friend about how the weekend felt so good... That morning as I did her hair, he kissed us both goodbye.  He had a game and she had a softball game at the same time. He said "I gonna try and get this ass whooping over soon so I can catch your game baby!  I love you!" He called me later to make sure I had everything she needed.  That was the last time I heard from him... I believe that he is still with us. I believe that he is every bit as frustrated with this situation as I am. #365dayswithdad #commitment #dadsmatter #dadsdontbabysit #cbabibayocpainting #neveralone #watchingfromheaven
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Went really well tonight. I felt like a musician tonight. Lol. Completed this piece to his set tonight. 365 days with dad images rotated all night. it was magical. More to come with Javier @hobocane! #365dayswithdad #inspiredtoinspire #inspiredtobebetter #cbabibayocpainting
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cbabi

Went really well tonight. I felt like a musician tonight. Lol. Completed this piece to his set tonight. 365 days with dad images rotated all night. it was magical. More to come with Javier @hobocane! #365dayswithdad #inspiredtoinspire #inspiredtobebetter #cbabibayocpainting
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cbabi

Getting my chops ready for tonight's event at the ZACK. Feelin GREAT!!! When you realize what you do first comes from a place of interest or passion but the end result isn't about you... Then you are being transformational. Not just for you but for whom you serve and inspire... My favorite painting is always the one I am working on. Cause I always am challenged to hold back and stay comfortable OR do something i am not that confident about... #cbabibayocpainting #celebratingchildren #icanpaintanyone #itsjustpaint #inspiredtobebetter
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12 HOURS AWAY!!! me and Javier Mendoza (@hobocane) will grace the stage at the Zack. No... I am not singing. I will painting live to some GREAT music and then raffling off the painting at the end of the night. Gonna be a great evening with proceeds going to the great mission of Food Outreach. #datenight #paintinglive #concert #javiermendoza #cbabibayocpainting #giveback #haveaheart #feedthelessfortunate #inspiredtobebetter #inspiredtoinspire
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ALL AGES welcome!! Family love! Date night! Single and love art & music!!Gonna be a great night. And an excellent way to walk away with a large painting by yours truly... http://www.metrotix.com/events/detail/unifying-though-art
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Dad (Granddad) #25 Same family with Kharman Ghia. Deborahsaid the first photo was the faborite of one grandson, and this one of the other. Whatever sparks those fond family memories. #familyfirst #unconditionallove #grandsons #365dayswithdad #365DAD #cbabibayocpainting