damali ayo (born February 26, 1972) is a conceptual artist, author, comedian and performance artist. Her books use satire and humor to engage the reader in an examination of American culture. Her art ranges from assemblage, painting, installation, and solo and participatory performance. She also started a sliding-scale eco-clothing company. She prefers her name in lower case. Ayo was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Sidwell Friends School. She has a BA from Brown University with a double concentration in Public Policy and American Civilization. She holds a MFA from Portland State University in studio art. Ayo often claims that her first performance was when she integrated her school's all-white doll collection at the age of four.
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