Melvin Edwards was born on May 4, 1937 in Houston, Texas. He moved to Dayton, Ohio in 1944 for his father's job, and then back to Houston in 1949. He played football in high school and developed an interest in art. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1955, joined the Navy Reserves, attended Los Angeles Community College, the University of Southern California, and the L.A. County Art Institute. He began learning how to sculpt and became a part of the Seekers, a group of African American painters. He became a well-known sculptor, producing pieces for his on-going series "The Lynch Fragments" and later moved to New York City. In this interview, Edwards discusses his early life, education, the impact that football had on his life, his interest in art, the development of his sculpting career, techniques, process, inspiration, life in Los Angeles and New York City, and specific shows that his work has been exhibited in.




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