'-Bold, ethereal, rich in whimsicality, a nouveau artist with a modern queer sensual twist. These are just a few words to describe The Rusty Artist’s work. Tiélere Cheatem (b. 1990) is a daring artist whose vibrant and emotionally charged oil paintings showcase the beauty of Surreal Expressionism through the male form. Cheatem’s artistic career has quickly grown to be a tour de force, leaving a lasting impression across the United States, Canada, and the UK. A St. Louis native, Cheatem was recently awarded the Ann Metzger Biennial award with St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Best in Show with the Metro Trans Umbrella Group’s (MTUG) art show and picked as STL Bucket List’s Top 5 Artist of The Year for 2021. No stranger to the theatre scene; Cheatem has had work appear in productions such as The Shakespeare Festival St. Louis “A Late-Night Summer’s Night Stroll” and “A Walking Xmas Carol”. The St. Louis Actor’s Studio’s “Predilections”, Community Arts Festival “Live at The Grandel”, and Fly North’s world premiere of “The Gringo”. In 2020 Cheatem partnered with Painted Black STL, an organization created to empower black artists within the community. Through this partnership, Cheatem has been able to elevate his work and others within the community. For more of his work follow him on Instagram @theoriginalrutsyartist.