Former professional football player Aaron Maybin is finding success in a brand new career.
Maybin, a Baltimore native and Mt. Hebron High School football star, played for Penn State before joining the Buffalo Bills in 2009 as a first-round draft pick. After a less-than-stellar professional career, Maybin announced his early retirement in May of 2014. Now he’s a nationally exhibiting artist with a social consciousness.
The career change doesn’t strike Maybin as all that strange. The former linebacker told WJZ he had been “sculpting, painting, drawing, creating before I was even able to form words and speak.”
Among the paintings featured on his website are protraits of cultural icons like Joe Paterno, Nelson Mandela, Kanye West, and President Barack Obama as well as symbolic works with pointed political and philosophical messages.
His latest series, called “Uprising,” depicts the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray. Those paintings were featured over the weekend at the annual Art Basel show in Miami Beach.
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