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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Sable Elyse Smith

The contextual backbone of her works lies in revealing the violence, both visible and invisible, in society

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Devon Shimoyama

Within his works, many of which are self-portraits, he turns the Black queer body into a sensual, ethereal being, whose existence is desired by all.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Jonathan Lyndon Chase

With distorted figures, Chase defies the binary gender structures in society, blending different characteristics within one singular body

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Jennifer Packer

Packer often asks the people in her life to be subjects in her works. By depicting them in paint, she’s creating a message that the people in her work deserve to be recognized and deserve to exist.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Greg Breda

Artist Greg Breda creates portraits that are grounded in reality but with a whimsicality and softness to them.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Elizabeth Catlett

At the end of her life, she was beloved by many and instilled the belief in the power of art as a tool of social justice.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Collins Obijiaku

His technique involves tracing the contour of the subject’s face as if mapping every part of the figure’s presence.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Bisa Butler

As a fiber artist, she’s created many story quilts that tell the tales of African Americans.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Stephen Towns

Though he started his career in painting, he began experimenting with fabric as another way of telling the stories of labor and slavery.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Tommy Mitchell

Mitchell’s softly rendered portraits convey emotions and feelings that are achieved by contrasting the photorealistic details of the figures with acrylic swaths of flat colors.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Alex Gardner

Artist Alex Gardner is known for his oil paintings of faceless silhouettes with as few identifying details as possible.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe

Quaicoe’s stunning paintings always touch upon his experience as an African entering the African American community.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Abe Ogulende

There’s a child-like sense of play that comes from his use of colors and shapes.

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Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Amy Sherald

Set in front of a single bright colored background, Sherald would only paint her figures in shades of gray.

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Artist SpotlightVictor Ehikhamenor: An Innovative Contemporary Artist

Hailed as one of the most innovative artists from Africa, Victor Ehikhamenor creates stunning visual masterpieces inspired by his African roots.

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Artist SpotlightDavid Chambers: Color At Rest

When the world was in turmoil, he wanted to create calm.

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Artist SpotlightAmoako Boafo: Hand-painted Intimate Portraitures

Boafo’s distinctive style began developing once he ditched the brush and used his fingers instead. Boafo’s large, almost raw streaks of paints create a striking image.

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Artist SpotlightAmani Lewis: Substance That Lies Beneath The Surface

Beneath the chaotic lines lie the heart and soul of the work, the people of Baltimore themselves.

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Artist SpotlightBarry Yusufu: Stunning Portraitures of Nigerians

As a Nigerian artist, Barry Yusufu has one main goal: to tell the stories of his people

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Artist SpotlightMarcus Jansen: "Painting Is The Most Intimate Act Of War"

With techniques both seen in graffiti art and abstract expressionist paintings, Jansen’s paintings are full of colors and textures.

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Interviews"My Art Helps Me Discover What It Is That I’m Feeling" - An Interview With Artist Omoyeni Racheal Arogunmati

Her abstract, impressionistic paintings captured our imagination. Artist Omoyeni Racheal Arogunmati talks about her works and the amount of work she does before putting paint on canas.

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Interviews"I Want My Art To Put A Smile On Other People's Faces" - An Interview With Artist And Photographer Awuku Darko Samuel

He started his craft with a smartphone camera, and even though he's since upgraded to a better camera, his photography still carries the same "make do with what you have" spirit. We chatted with Awuku Darko Samuel to find out more about his photography and more.

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Artist SpotlightLaeila Adjovi: From Documentary to Art

Her series with fellow photographer Loïc Hoquet, titles Malaïka Dotou Sankofa, won the Leopold-Sédar-Senghor Grand Prix, the top prize for the Dakar Bienalle of Contemporary Art. It’s a stunning series that comments on how the media portrays Africa. The series is built with layers upon layers of symbolism finished with an impeccable aesthetic sheen. An androgynously-dressed model bears wings made of fabrics created by the Baye Fall Muslim religious community in Senegal. It is a poignant commentary on how the African body is often hidden or manipulated to fit the mold of Western society.

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