Baz Cumberbatch grew up on the beautiful and tropical islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. His art career began in his youth when he started making and selling t-shirts using shells, leaves, bones, corals, sea fans, pieces of palm, coconut, and bamboo trees in the Caribbean. In 1989, crowned the Southern Caribbean Windsurfing Champion, Baz traveled the world before moving to California and then Hawai’i to pursue a career in windsurfing, make art, and raise a family. After visiting Alaska and witnessing the water, mountains, skies, and land looking like the tropical trees that surrounded him, Baz returned to Hawai’i and began creating the all natural mixed media pieces he is known for today.
In 2020, Baz was accepted into the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the longest running gallery of African American art in the U.S. Pieces from less than 100 adult artists were chosen from applicants across the country to be part of the 50th annual celebration of Black Creativity.