Vishavjit Singh is a New York City based cartoonist, writer, performance artist and creator of www.Sikhtoons.com who was born in the nation’s capital. He is also a Media Fellow at SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund). He began cartooning during the hate/bias crime-wave following the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks. In the midst of being targeted with fear and intolerance from fellow Americans, Vishavjit armed with turban, beard and humor creates art to build bridges connecting not just with those who empathize with his plight, but also those who judge him based on his countenance & perceived immigrant roots. His work is guided with the deep belief in the inter-connectedness of our stories.
Vishavjit travels across the U.S. as a speaker, hosting presentations and workshops at universities, schools, libraries, museums, and film festivals to challenge stereotypes and expound the core virtues of our nation’s diversity. In order to challenge what it means to be ‘American,’ he has donned the uniform of quintessential American superhero, Captain America, on the streets of many American cities. His most recent missions have been to Cleveland for RNC convention and Washington DC for the inauguration plus women’s march. He was also the subject of a widely acclaimed short film, 'Red, White & Beard,’ which launched online in early 2015. He has been featured in Facebook and AdCouncil campaigns. His message and work has been covered by a number of news outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, BBC, The Atlantic Monthly, Huffington Post, The Guardian and Time Magazine. Instagram