About Jamil Dyair Steele

Jamil Dyair is a visual artist based in Charlotte, NC. Jamil Dyair is a proud graduate of West Charlotte Senior High School class of 2001. He studied fine arts at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and completed his Masters of Art Education at Winthrop University.  His illustrious artistic creations are deeply rooted in the human experience of minorities, marginalized communities, and youth. Using painting as his primary form of expression, Jamil Dyair specializes in unique portraiture, murals, and illustrations.  His inquisitive students also know him as Mr. Steele.   As a National Board Certified teacher, he is passionate about using his artistic career to inform his teaching instruction. His artistic inspiration comes from his Dad, Ernie Barnes, Norman Rockwell, and Kehinde Wiley. His work has been featured at the Art House in NoDa, Festival in the Park, Spirit Square, The Art Institute of Charlotte, The Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, Romare Bearden Park’s Annual Arts Festival, UNCC’s Projective Eye Gallery, NoDa @28th Creative Arts Center, and the McColl Center. 

Jamil Dyair also worked as a lead artist with About Face Charlotte’s, Blessing Box Campaign in 2018.  The finished painting depicting the kindness and compassion of children was donated to the Levine Children’s Hospital in honor of a former student living with advanced kidney disease. Jamil Dyair’s mural work includes the “Charlotte, Past, Present, and Future Mural” in Charlotte’s Historic West End, a community street mural in Charlotte’s Country Club Heights neighborhood, and three sidewalk murals along Montford Drive in South Charlotte, commissioned by the Charlotte Mecklenburg “Paint the Pavement” program.

Jamil Dyair is currently working on a mural honoring the accomplishments of the West Charlotte graduating class of 2020.  The mural features a commemoration honoring the lives of students who have died recently at West Charlotte High School.  Jamil Dyair’s future projects include West Charlotte’s 80th Anniversary Mural to be painted in West Charlotte’s new CMS building and three murals at Amaze apartments in NoDa this summer.

Jamil Dyair is currently working on a mural honoring the accomplishments of the West Charlotte graduating class of 2020.  The mural features a commemoration honoring the lives of students who have died recently at West Charlotte High School.  Jamil Dyair’s future projects include West Charlotte’s 80th Anniversary Mural to be painted in West Charlotte’s new CMS building and four murals at Amaze apartments in NoDa the summer of 2020.

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