Quiana Parks is a contemporary artist, cancer survivor, DJ, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Parks’ paintings have drawn upon the rich tradition within her community, and those of her current residence in Brooklyn, New York. And, while the creativity and strength inspired by thirteen years of surviving Lymphoma have been documented on canvas and in a plethora of publications — QUIANA marks Parks’ inaugural solo exhibition.
Each work of art is an intimate unveiling of both her trauma and triumphs. This exhibition is an ode the Black experience, spirituality, legacy, and architects such as Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Hammons, Frida Kahlo, and Christian Marclay. With her distinct autobiographical approach to illustration, Parks aims to honor her grandparents for their support and influence.
Quiana Parks is no stranger to the limelight. She is a true Renaissance woman, seamlessly fusing disco, pop, house, hip hop, and R&B as one of the most well-known DJs in the music industry. She is also well known as an advocate for cancer awareness, as a survivor herself, and her diverse approach to turntables demonstrates her genuine artistic talent.
Before becoming a DJ, Quiana worked in fashion and design. She has worked with some of the world’s most well-known brands, including Mulberry and Neiman Marcus, as well as Tiffany & Co. and America Express. Quiana is in high demand as an artist due to her rockstar persona and raw musical abilities.
During Quiana’s cancer treatment, she discovered peace and happiness in art. “Sisters,” one of Quiana’s first pieces, depicts the unwavering love she received from the women in her life while she was in remission from cancer. Quiana’s work has been shown at Art Basel Miami and the Scope New York Art Fair. She has since partnered with brands such as Neiman Marcus and Adidas, among others.
Quiana is a cultural force to be reckoned with, whose talents extend far beyond being a DJ and an artist. Nylon Guys Magazine named Quiana one of the “Top 5 New York DJs You Should Know.” Her work has been featured in Highsnobiety, The Coveter, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.
In addition to her demanding performance schedule and blossoming art career, Quiana believes in using her craft for good. Quiana founded DJ For A Cure, an awareness project that combines her love of music with the goal of raising awareness about blood cancers, as a proud 16-year survivor of Lymphoma. Quiana, a proud survivor, is still using her talents to give other patients and survivors a voice. DJ for a Cure has donated to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Delete Blood Cancer | DKMS, and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation.