Quintavius Oliver is an Atlanta based fine art and documentary photographer who uses his engaging portraits as a means of self exploration and sensitive storytelling. He acquired his first camera at the age of six from his grandmother and immediately began to document his ever expanding world without a second thought. Completely self taught, Quintavius continues to document and articulate the world & people around him on little strips of film, every day.
Awards, Publications & Exhibitions
2021 STYLEZ - PETERS STREET STATION
2018 - SOUTH STREET PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP EXHIBITION - MASON FINE ART
2018 - HOME: A LOVE LETTER TO CUBA - PETERS STREET STATION, ATLANTA GA
2017 - WHERE ARE WE - APG GALLERY, ATLANTA GA
2017 - CELEBRATION OF LIFE - CITY OF INK GALLERY, ATLANTA GA
2016 - ZINDAGI, GRIFFIN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY, WINCHESTER MA
2016 - EDGE TO EDGE, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, ATLANTA GA
2016 - LXVE MATTERS - THE ART EXCHANGE, ATLANTA GA
2016 - ATLANTA RENAISSANCE - CITY OF INK GALLERY, ATLANTA GA
2014 - MAMMAL GALLERY - ATLANTA, GA
OLIVER, QUINTAVIUS. THERAPY VOL. 1 & 2 ATLANTA 2019 PRINT.
OLIVER, QUINTAVIUS. AWKWARD. ATLANTA 2016. PRINT.
OLIVER, QUINTAVIUS. LOVE MADE ME DO IT. ATLANTA 2016. PRINT.
OLIVER, QUINTAVIUS. TANGIBLE. ATLANTA 2014. PRINT.
When I first landed in Havana all those years ago, I had no idea that I was stepping into a place that would become like a second home to me nor did I understand that the people I'd meet would become like the family I never had. This story is comprised of hundreds of rolls of film shot over several years with friends and family in Havana. This collection is my tribute to them and I can't wait to return to share this love with them, again.
When I held my daughter in my arms for the first time, I understood true love. In that moment, I became whole and finally aware of my purpose. Of course, nothing could've prepared me for this journey in discovery, creativity, patience, & laughter; especially as I navigated through as a full time single father. Raising a little girl on my own was anything but easy. Connecting with other parents & learning with them through photography along the way has been remarkably enlightening & refreshing.
I was oddly excited about this exercise my therapist had given me. "Of course I can make pictures! That's what I do best!" I thought. Little did I know, I had now idea what happiness even looked like. What I soon learned, is that the camera looks both ways and everything I'm feeling or going through is reflected right back at me through my lens. These pictures, then, are as much self portraits as they are street photography... And as far as I'm concerned, photography is a valid form of Therapy.
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