Wes Mapes is a mixed-media artist. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam. By incorporating a multifaceted practice that unites painting, sculpture, installation, musical composition and performance, Mapes creates space-encompassing multipartite works that invite reflection and contemplation. His works draws inspiration from a vast pool of influences ranging from post-colonial theory, alternative history models, mathematics, vernacular building and modern architecture and question of Pan-African identity. Mapes has shown in solo and group shows. He holds a BA in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach and an MA in Art and Design from the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam.
Wes Mapes is part of the art collective Pillars of Autumn and one of the participating artists of the group project A Funeral for Street Culture (2021), curated by Rita Ouédraogo and Metro54 at Framer Framed, Amsterdam.