9 Black Female Artists, These Women Redefine Art

Black Female Artists, These Women Redefine Art

Kara Walker Is Another Black Woman Who Creates Art

Kara Walker is a renowned black silhouettist.

Image courtesy of the Kara Walker official website

We’re bringing it over to the West Coast for our next black female artist.

Kara Walker was born in Stockton, CA, and she’s another jack-of-all trades.

Working as a painter, film-maker, and silhouettist, her work focuses on race, gender, sexuality, and where the three meet.

While she might hail from the West Coast, she explored her educational and professional life on the alternative coast.

Creativity is in her blood and began with her father who worked as a painter.

In her youth, her family moved to Atlanta where she would stay until after she graduated with her BFA from Atlanta College of Art.

She would then travel up the coast to pursue her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

While she is well-known for the silhouettes and sculptures she makes, she has a number of moving films and installations.

With her work that can be seen at numerous museums, at the height of her artistic career, she was named as Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World for Artists & Entertainers.

Kara Walker's artwork has led to her landing a spot of Time Magazine's Most Influential People of 2007.

Image courtesy of the Kara Walker official website

Howardena Pindell

Hailing from the “city of Brotherly Love,” Howardena Pindell focused on her sisters when it came to art.

Known for her paintings, she would also create collages and video art as well.

After graduating from high school, she went on to Boston University to get her degree in Fine Arts.

Later she would graduate from the Yale School of Art and Architecture with a degree in Fine Arts as well.

Once she had her two degrees, Howardena began working at New York’s popular Museum of Modern Art.

It was then that she started making waves in her artwork as well as paving a lane for women artists like herself.

Along with a number of other women, she co-founded the A.I.R. Gallery, the first gallery for women artists in the country.

Howardena’s work focuses in the abstract with heavy influences of destruction and reconstruction.

She has had numerous exhibitions throughout her 48 year career which began with her first showing at Spelman College.

She continues to have permanent collections at numerous museums around the country from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold is an artist who's medium focuses in quilted art.

Image courtesy of the Faith Ringgold official website

If you need someone to motivate you into trying your hand at art, Faith Ringgold is not only talented but inspirational.

With a mission like “If one can, anyone can – all you gotta do is try,” what’s to stop you from putting paint or graphite to paper?

Hailing from New York City, or Harlem to be exact, Faith Ringgold is another artist on this list who specializes in quilted art.

After growing up through the hard years of the Great Depression, Ringgold went and got her degree from City College of New York.

Upon graduating is when she’s start dabbling in her own creativity.

She began painting on themes like racism and this soon cultivated to narrowing down on topics like the Civil Rights and Women’s movements.

While she started with painting, she would later grow into creating art with fabric.

She has spent most of her career as an educator, but Faith can also be considered an activist.

Through her art and her work as a speaker, she has never shied away from speaking her mind.

This doesn’t even cover the numerous awards and Honorary Doctorates she has received.

Faith Ringgold is a black female artists with 75 awards and 22 Honorary Doctorates in Fine Arts.

Image courtesy of the Faith Ringgold official website

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