Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life.
As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship.
From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his equally talented wife, Alexa; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father, master craftsman Amon Ra. Edreys may be most recognized locally for his contribution as one of 4 artists on Freedom Wall mural, commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. More recently, steadily evolving, he has developed a new artistic presence and voice in the form of musically inspired paintings, where unique mark making and rhythmic movement have become a signature style. Edreys refers to this new style as “Check Out My Melody,” which made an incredible impression and impact in May/July 2019, first presented to the community in a sold-out show and exhibit. Most recently, he’s had his paintings become a part of the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center and The Roswell Cancer Center permanent art collections.
Regardless of what hat Edreys is wearing, he perpetually moves forward and upward with courage and curiosity, proudly proclaiming, “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it.”