An acclaimed visual artist and sculptor, El’Roy Simmonds was born and raised in Christiansted, St. Croix, the largest of the three U. S. Virgin Islands. Simmonds earned a Bachelor of Education from the College of the Virgin Islands (CVI), now the University of the Virgin Islands and was once an exchange student at the Kuntz Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark where he conducted research on the history of the relationship between Denmark and the US Virgin Islands, which is reflected in his work. He holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute Brooklyn, New York, one of the best art and design schools in the world.
El’Roy has been recognized internationally for his visionary contributions to the Fine Arts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Denmark, New York, Haiti and beyond. These recognitions range from exhibits in renowned group showings at the Empire Art Gallery in New York to honors by the Virgin Islands Black History Month Committee for outstanding and dedicated contributions to the Arts. He was also commissioned by the US Virgin Islands Department of Conservation and Cultural Affairs Bureau of Libraries, Museums and Archaeological Services, to illustrate the first Government endorsed, V.I. History textbook, known as Clear de Road