KING SALADEEN has said that his inspirations have always come from a place so deep within, that ART has been his one and only way to express it! Creativity is an amazing outlet to express oneself and it seems like it is what made this self taught artist the man he is today.
Raheem Saladeen Johnson was born and raised in West Philadelphia, where his passion for the arts began even before the age of 5. He would draw on whatever he could get his hands on, particularly any wall that came his way, and especially for his mother. As an inner city child, the arts and activities were few and far between. Basketball became another great love of KING SALADEEN. He shined in the sport like no other scoring 1,000 points in high school and at his Christian prep school. For the first time he was given the opportunity to travel across the country where he began playing for the elite AAU teams. It was during these travels that he began daydreaming about color and design. The landscapes he viewed were another source of influence and inspiration.
Unfortunately, an auto accident at 15 put basketball on the sidelines for a bit, but fortunately his little hiatus from the sport re-ignited his spark for drawing. Upon healing from the accident, he received a Division 1 scholarship for the NCAA, but within 2 years he realized the paint brush was his true love and he was now ready to put down the basketball and go full speed ahead. As he returned home to Philadelphia, Raheem worked as a design artist for a clothing company which later grew into a national success. After the company was sold he began doing work for a group home for teens in Philadelphia. While he was there he created paintings and sketches as a way to relieve stress but it became a light in the dark for the teens and what they had been through as well as their current situations.
Luckily for KING SALADEEN his best friend, John JP Thompson, who always knew his talent and worth, bought him his first set of professionalartsupplies. He encouraged him to focus solely on the arts and to make it his life long career. He took his friends advice and the rest was history. In 2011 he began his venture at the Saladeen Art Group. Sadly, a couple of years later, JP, the man who motivated him to push forward and do what he does best, passed away of brain cancer. KING SALADEEN will never forget the friend he was.
He began presenting art work in all of the hip cities. KING SALADEEN graced Hollywood with his first solo show followed by one at Art Basel Miami. Most recently he held a three day show in SOHO NYC, known for its fine art galleries. When he begins his projects he paints based on his inspiration and vibe.
His love of art at such a young age led him to be the artist he is today.