Cheryl Byron (died June 17, 2003) was a visual artist. She started her studies in her native land, Trinidad &Tobago. There she also studied dance with Neville Shepard and acted with the Caribbean Theater Guild.
While on tour in New York, her artwork won her a scholarship to the New School University, where she studied fine art. Byron then obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from City College (CUNY) while maintaining her professional life, including becoming in 1976 the first woman to perform her own original brand of poetry in a calypso tent in Trinidad, for which she is recognised as "the mother of Rapso"