Menu Close


Stay up-to-date with the latest Metropolis happenings!

Featured Artist

We support local artists. Metropolis frequently showcases an artist’s work in our café as a full gallery. All pieces are available for purchase and 100% of the sale goes to the artist.

< Info-Image >


Lanise Antoine Shelley is a Haitian actress, director, educator, and visual artist.

Learn more about Lanise and see their work over at

I am a Haitian American actress, director, and a self-taught visual artist. My paintings reflect my placement in an orphanage in Haiti, my spiritual upbringing, and my studies around the world. I am inspired by Caribbean art, first-world feminism, and my Buddhist practice. I paint mixed media portraits with acrylics. Each piece has a three-dimensional structure that is tangible and evocative. I transfer an image to canvas, then apply paper to represent the hair, accessories, environment and other elements. Many of the portraits have excerpts from Kahlil Gibran, to Nina Simon lyrics, to a single word encapsulating the intention of the painting. 

My work has been displayed in Out of the Blue Gallery, Harvard School of Education, Chicago Associates, and Magnolia Cafe. I’ve been nominated for the Princess Grace Award, nominated Best Leading Actress by the BTAA. I’ve garnered a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, certificate in classical theatre from the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England, MFA from ART/MXAT at Harvard University, and was Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Chicago Fellow 2016. 

Not only is this work deeply gratifying but it affords me the opportunity to share my story and create a broader awareness for the organizations that have influenced me. I am now a donor and advocate for the many children growing up in my orphanage, “Hope Village” in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Their education and wellness is ensured by the tireless efforts of the US Foundation for the Children of Haiti (USFCH). Please visit for more information. I’m also a volunteer Regional Coordinator for Statera Professional Mentorship for Women in the Arts.

Purchase inquiries: [email protected] 

Thank you to Metropolis Cafe for my Chicago debut. 


Some works from Lanise Antoine Shelley

Come see some of Lanise’s work at the Metropolis Cafe or online at

< Featured Gallery >
< CTA: Style 2 >
Want to become one of our Featured Artists?
Display Your Artwork