Ernest Shaw was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a product of the Baltimore City Public School System. Mr. Shaw earned a high school diploma from the Baltimore School for the Arts, a B.A. degree from Morgan State University, and an M.F.A. from Howard University. It is at these institutions that the artist began to develop the skills and techniques necessary to articulate the Black Experience through visual representation. Ernest Shaw is now a high school teacher in Baltimore and an adjunct professor at Baltimore City Community College. The artist’s paintings are a direct reflection of his experiences as an African American. His choice of subject matter and style follows the tradition of many African American Figurative Painters such as: John Biggers, Charles White, Henry O. Tanner, and Romare Bearden. It is the artist’s dream to continue to create artwork that exhibits the Duality of the African American Experience.