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Performance Artist Christopher Johnson To Hit The Stage At 2016 MOJA Arts Festival
9/28/2016 3:06:10 PM
Last Updated:
9/28/2016 3:22:38 PM

CJ performing at the Music Farm in downtown Charleston in front of about 500 plus people

CJ at Unity Benefit in Columbia, SC. The benefit brought more than 85 to 100 people out to let people know about the challenges of today that we face with all the police brutality going on in the world today

CJ at a back to school bash for local kids at the SC Aquarium

By Damion Smalls

Charleston Southern University senior Christopher “CJ” Johnson has been afforded the rare opportunity to showcase his artwork at this year’s MOJA Arts Festival, which takes place in Charleston from September 29 to October 9. He is one of the first students allowed to participate as a featured artist at the heralded fall extravaganza. 

“Graphic Designer”. “Art Teacher”. “Youth Advocate”. “CSU Celebrity”. “Master Painter”. Each description accurately represents the prodigious creator that goes by @kolpeace on Twitter and Instagram

The Columbia native is excited is pay tribute to the Harlem Renaissance during the festival. Such a fitting homage for a young South Carolinian to the era that produced the classic Charleston tale “Porgy and Bess”, Florence’s illustrious painter William Henry Johnson and the jazz legend of out Cheraw, Dizzy Gillespie is sure ignite the imaginations of his thousands of supporters and astute MOJA festivalgoers alike. 

‘Heritage Day at Marion Square’ will be held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on October 1, cohabitating space and wares with the bountiful Charleston Farmers Market. Recording artist and city favorite
Chaquis Maliq will be among the musicians and artists set to entertain the Saturday afternoon crowd. Johnson plans to demonstrate his “speed-painting” prowess live. 

In less than ten minutes, CJ has the ability to take a blank canvas and bring it to life with a vivid portrayal of a subject of his choice. Often under the watchful eyes of a captive audience, Johnson’s rapid pace and proficiency mesmerizes even the most jaded onlooker. 

Johnson’s popularity stems from his break from traditional art standards that Charleston is known globally for. He prides himself on “being different” while remaining respectful of the history of art in the state. His unique, freewheeling style has coined its own term on the campus of Charleston Southern, colloquially named the “The CJ Way”. “Do it the way you want to do it,” he advises. That’s his code. 

Self-taught and passionate about his craft, Johnson has forged a path for himself that is based on following his instincts, believing in the process and staying humble amid his nascent rise in the local art scene. His work has been on display at the Charleston City Market, Piccolo Spoleto Festival and the North Charleston Cultural Arts Festival. Additionally, Johnson painted the storefront sign for local soul food restaurant My 3 Sons of Charleston

Go to to view the entire list of events during the 33rd year of celebrating African American & Caribbean culture, art and history in the Lowcountry. Within the 2016 MOJA Arts Festival schedule are enthralling events such as stage plays, storytelling, concerts, dancing, sports tournaments, children’s programs and an Historic Site Designation for Emanuel AME Church. Johnson’s official online shop on For U Designs features his latest customized products and can be purchased at


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