Addonis' paintings and murals are strong and real. He captures the strength of character, deep emotional expressions and struggles of Black life in a manner that only a few have dared to paint. Addonis was deeply inspired by the works and life stories of Charles White and Ernie Barnes. He shares their philosophy of using art to address social issues and inspire a sense of pride in the minds and hearts of all towards Black people. His paintings are his voice, a voice of love for his people.