Ajmal ‘Mas Man’ Millar

Painting and Drawing

Ajmal ‘Mas Man’ Millar was born in 1986 in Brooklyn, NY and is a self taught

contemporary visual artist and MAS MAN (carnival costume designer).

His work includes mixed –media collage paintings, repurposed material,

sculptural metal, performance, photography which interrogates notions of

cultural heritage, sexual and gender identity as a first generation African

–American black queer man born to Trinidadian immigrants.

In 1996, he participated in the opening/closing Ceremonies of the Olympic

Games, where he performed in a costume designed and made specially by

his role model and iconic costume designer Trinidadian Peter Minshall.

Ajmal graduated with a B.A. in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta,

GA and studied at The Art Students League of New York in 2012.

He has exhibited costumes and other art works in a range of spaces including

alternative spaces, club venues, carnival, ‘pop up’-events locally and


In Autumn of 2019, Ajmal relocated to Chicago and entered the Masters of

Fine Art program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.