Ajmal 'Mas Man' Millar 

Ajmal ‘Mas Man’ Millar was born in 1986 to Trinidadian immigrants in Brooklyn, NY. He is a self taught contemporary visual artist and MAS MAN (carnival costume designer). He currently lives in Atlanta, GA and has created carnival costuming (mas) for over twenty years.  Proud of his Trinidadian heritage, he finds ways to introduce it to the audiences here in the United States. The culture and traditions of Trinidad were instilled in him from an early age and it’s contributed to his point of reference and the voice of his work.  His art suggests how growing up in a household dedicated to creating colorful costumes influences his paintings. Conversely, he typically depicts how the influences of society affect his costume designs/themes. The subject matter of his art range from issues dealing with identity as a first generation African American Queer man of Caribbean decent to rituals/ concepts connected the African Diaspora. Using the environment as a medium to create from repurposed material and the power of representation of Black people in art, he has the ability to mix it all up in mixed media collage paintings, wire sculptures, and the potent Caribbean cultural performing art known as mas.

Ajmal graduated with a B.A. in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. In pursuit of his artist career, he studied at The Art Students League of New York in 2012. In addition, he has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and The High Museum of Atlanta as a youngster. He has also participated in the Opening/Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics, where he had the opportunity to perform in a costume by his idol and iconic costume designer Peter Minshall. From there until now, he continues on the path of sharing himself for art's sake and world peace.

Ajmal “MAS MAN” Millar

Ajmal is a freelance costume designer and artist with experience in creating mixed media paintings and a specialty for making MAS (carnival costumes) and sculpture from found objects. His work is culminated into performance artwork.



*Morehouse College                                                                           August 2004-May 2008

Graduated with a BA in English

*The Art Students League of New York                                September 2012- January 2013

Attended classes for mixed media painting and collage with mARTha Bloom


Work Experience

*Mas Man (Costume designer and creative director)                                      2012-Present

Developed narratives and created carnival costumes for Calabash Alley Masqueraders: The Theater of the Streets presentation for the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival

Mirror, Mirror- 2012


Out of this World- 2014

H2O: The Key of Life- 2015

FYAH! - 2016

A Breathe of Fresh Air- 2017



*Intern at The High Museum of Art                                                 June- September 2003

Assisted in facilitating summer programming for youth through the Arthur Blank Family Fellowship Program

*Exhibition facilitator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art                       August-December 2012

Facilitated and oversaw the acceptance and enforcement of guidelines for navigating the roof top structure Cloud City

*Exhibitor                                                                                                       November 2012

Displayed the painting, When You Plant a Seed at DBGM Art Exhibit in Harlem, NY

*Freelance Costume Designer-                                                                                    August 2013

Created masquerade headpieces and masks for CW’s The Originals (episode 103)

* Freelance Costume Designer-                                                                                  February 2014

Created Mardi gras headdresses and goddess crowns for CW’s The Originals

*Freelance Costume Designer-                                                                                         July 2014

Created cardboard werewolf and zombie masks for CW’s The Originals

    *Exhibitor-                                                                                                                    Jul-Aug 2014

Displayed paintings at various community art events held by TUC magazine

 *Exhibitor-                                                                                                     November 2014

Displayed paintings at KIPP South Fulton Academy for their

12th Annual Parent Appreciation breakfast

*Freelance Designer Costume -                                                                       February 2015                               

Displayed costumes and performed in New Orleans Mardi Gras parade

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                                      February 2015

Displayed and sold artwork at the February RAW art show, "PRESENT"

          *Exhibitor-                                                                                                   February-March 2015

Participated in a group show at the Apache Cafe

for Black History month called "DA Corporation."

Displayed a piece entitled "When the Trumpet Blows."

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                          March-April 2015

Participated in a group show at the Apache Cafe called "Purple."

Displayed a mixed media painting entitled "School Lunch."

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                             April 2015

Participated and displayed erotic costumes at Hedonism Erotic Art show

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                              May 2015

Exhibited at Bloom Salon Marketplace in Manhattan, NY

 *Exhibitor-                                                                                                              June 2015           Exhibited paintings and MAS (costumes) at ART SWIM: volume 1 Group art show

 *Exhibitor-                                                                                                              June 2015

Exhibited mixed media painting entitled ‘When one door closes; another opens’, displayed MAS,

and performed ‘The Mounting of Yemeya’

*MAS-                                                                                                                  August 2015

Performed ‘MAS MAN and the EROTIC ANIMALS’ at THE EROTIC CIRCUS art show

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                          August 2015

Performed ‘That which we Call a Rose’ at the Othella Group Art Show

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                     September 2015

Exhibited at Bloom Flag Fete Marketplace in Manhattan, NY

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                     September 2015

Performed Kakilambe at First African Church

*MAS-                                                                                                                  October 2015

Performed ‘Day of Freak’ at HEDONISM: Dia en el Monstrua Erotic Art show

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                      December 2015

Exhibited artwork at ART BEAT MIAMI during Art Basel

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                      December 2015

Exhibited artwork at NOW or Neverland Art Show during Art Basel

 *Exhibitor-                                                                                                      December 2015

Exhibited the mixed media painting ‘Dear Youth,’ in the Jump On It! Group art show at Apache’ Café

*MAS-                                                                                                                February 2016

Performed ‘CHEERS to LIFE’ at the Soul Spin’s Mardi gras on Edgewood

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                      February 2016

Exhibited mixed media painting entitled ‘Brought to Fruition’ in the Atlanta Renaissance

group art show at City of Ink Gallery

*MAS-                                                                                                                       May 2016

Performed ‘AKUA’ at Soul Spin’s Tropisol: An Afro Latin Dance Party

*MAS-                                                                                                                        July 2016

Performed ‘WE ARE ONE’ at Elevate Atlanta hosted the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affair

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                                 July 2016

Exhibited mixed media painting entitled ‘Protect the King’ in the group art show, CURSE WORDS at Apache Café

*MAS-                                                                                                               October 2016

Provided costumes and performed with musical artist Rahbi at AFROPUNK Festival

*MAS-                                                                                                             November 2016

Performed ‘Keep on Moving’ at the Opening Ceremony of the US tour of ‘The Things that we Treasure’ exhibit at the SGI Atlanta Buddhist Center

 *Exhibitor-                                                                                                                   January 2017

Exhibited mixed media painting called ‘Never Blend In’

 in the FOCUS group art show at City of Ink Gallery

  *Exhibitor-                                                                                                     February 2017

Exhibited mixed media painting called ‘Timely Arrival’ in the Celebration of Life art show

 at City of Ink’s Tenth Anniversary

  *Exhibitor-                                                                                                    February 2017

Exhibited mixed media painting entitled ‘Gather Peace (Djembe’)’ in the American Religion group art show

*SOLO art show –                                                                                           April 28, 2017

Hosted solo art show called Painted Bodies and Pholourie at Mas Man Art Gallery

  *Curator/Exhibitor-                                                                                              June 2017

Organized PRIZMATIC, the group art show and exhibited the

mixed media painting entitled ‘Life is Picking Flowers’

*MAS-                                                                                                              October 2017

Performed ‘FREE SPEECH’ at The Bakery’s Birthday Bash

*SOLO art show-                                                                                    November 17, 2017

Hosted JAB JAB art show at JavaVino Café

   *Exhibitor-                                                                                                  November 2017

Exhibited ‘Ochosi’ a carnival costume installation for the Xfinity group art show at City of Ink Gallery

*Exhibitor-                                                                                                   December 2017

Exhibited mixed painting called

 ‘The Best Ways to Love You Come from the Universe’ in the ART BEAT MIAMI group art show during Art Basil

*Artist residency-                                                                               December 5-18, 2017

Disguises Welcomed Here group art residency at Eyedrum Art Gallery

 *MAS-                                                                                                                          March 2018

Created and provided costuming for a performance at Surround: an Immersive Experience at University of Georgia School of Music

*MAS-                                                                                                                  March 2018

Performed ‘Beasts of No Nation’ at BELA!: burlesque noir  at Apache Café

*MAS-                                                                                                                     April 2018

  • Performed ‘Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?’ at Apache café

  •   *MAS-                                                                                                                     May 2018

  • Performed ‘My People’ and ‘Earthy Magician’ at Kibbee Art Gallery

  •   *Illustrator-                                                                                                            June 2018

  • Designed the cover art for a poetry book called A Flower Left to Wilt

  • *Exhibitor-                                                                                                        August 2018

  • Exhibited a series of paintings and sculptures in the LARGER THAN LIFE group art show


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