This Tuesday, September 11, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to open a new exhibition of art by father and son Alvin and Ezra Roy. Together, their lives and work tell a remarkable story. In 1988, Ezra was born with Down Syndrome. At the time, Alvin was beginning a career in law, but had studied painting at the Houston Technical Institute and with artists Burford Evans and Robin Ishimi Johnson. From a young age, it was clear that Ezra had a keen interest in painting as well. Beginning with training from his father, Ezra has become an accomplished artist. Ezra graduated from Texas Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in art in 2014, the first student with Down Syndrome to graduate from a four-year college.
The pair have exhibited their work extensively throughout their hometown of Houston, Texas and the southern US, but we at The Jazz Gallery are pleased to help the Roys bring their work to New York. To celebrate the exhibition opening on the 11th, pianist Jason Moran will play a solo set at 7 P.M. If you can’t make it to the exhibition opening, come to the Gallery a bit early before your next show to check out Alvin and Ezra’s evocative works.