Ade Hodge-Raphael is a young inspirational artist from St. Croix whose intricate art work is upcoming on both the local and regional scene. When you first encounter the intriguing work of Ade Hodge-Raphael your neck slowly tilts from side to side. There is this urge to pull out a magnifier to examine carefully for fear of missing any minute part of his drawings. The world around you is silenced and you don’t want to be interrupted. You’re filled with excitement as you discover the intricacies in his art.
Ade has been honing his artistic abilities for as long as he could hold a pencil, but he admits that he really started developing mechanical skills when he had trouble keeping up with taking notes in class. He somehow managed to develop a way to use lines and shapes to distinguish what he learned in class. While in college, Ade found himself immersed in all things Art, being an art model and taking introductory Art classes; however, it still took some time before he truly committed to becoming an artist.