Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Elizabeth Catlett

Header Image: "Black Unity", 1968. Cedar.

Elizabeth Catlett was a prominent African American artist that paved the way for future generations to create profound artworks. Her works are politically charged images of the world she lived in. As a young Black woman, she faced difficulties in being accepted amongst her peers, even when she was as competent as they were. Thanks to her, many young artists saw that it was possible to create art and be known for their talent and merit. 

"Target", 1970. Bronze

Catlett was born in Washington, D.C., but she spent the majority of her life in Mexico, teaching at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. As an artist, her works championed the voices of the minority. She began her career by studying painting under her mentor Grant Wood. However, she found herself fascinated with sculptures and began creating three-dimensional works that she became known for. 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.

"Sharecropper", 1952. Lithograph.
"Mother and Child", 1954. Terracotta.

View more of Elizabeth Catlett’s works on her website.

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