Turtel Onli is the “Father” of the “Black Age of Comics”concept.

Onli is a creative artist whose career has touched upon a variety of disciplines. He has been an art therapist, educator, and illustrator. He has also distinguished himself in painting, drawing, illustration, publishing, fashion, and multimedia production. This includes an extensive exhibition and publication record. He is known for having coined the term Rhythmistic to interpret his stylizations which fuse primitive and futuristic concepts. Onli earned a BFA and MAAT from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago which included studies in Paris France at the Sorbonne and Centre Pompidue. Along with doing illustrations  in the French Bande dessine’ industry,  he won an international Drawing contest in Paris hosted by the Ministere Des Affaires Etrangeres / F. I. A.P. which led to a solo exhibition there of Rhythmistic fine art. He has work in the collections of The Children’s Museum of Chicago, The DuSable Museum, Alice Coltrane, and has freelanced with the Rolling Stones, McDonalds, Motown, and Holt, Rinehart, &Winston to name a few.

Aside from having been a practicing Art therapist for over ten years, he also co-founded and directed the Black on Black Love Art Center that was based in the former Robert Taylor Homes Public Housing in Chicago. This Center was a successful alternative to crime and violence for youth. Black on Black crime was replaced with Black on Black Love.

Recently he curated a major museum type exhibition featuring the visionary charts created by his late grandfather and Onli’s own Rhythmistic paintings. This show was called, “An Artistic and Spiritual Legacy”and was presented at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster Indiana.

He is a regular participant n the School of the Art Institute’s annual alumni fundraiser, Barewalls! Along with various art fairs in the Midwest. He is expanding his Rhythmistic concept to create paintings and drawings that are desirable to collectors of al levels. This includes floral, metaphysical concepts, religious themes, and abstractions. All of them are treated with some aspects of the Rhythmistic construct. This growing body of originals and prints is a practical way for collectors to extend the pleasure and value of their collections. He also is responsible for the Captain Sky and George Clinton album cover.

Onli feels that ownership is the highest form of appreciation. This works for the home, business or place of meditation. He is available for commissions as well.


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