The Caribbean, a place that is highly diverse, colorful and full of a wide variety of people from the African diaspora and other cultures around the world. In his exhibit “Rice & Beans,” Charlton Palmer, commonly known as CP the Artist, seeks to represent this diversity through a variety of paintings. From Barbados to Jamaica, and even Puerto Rico, CP depicts an array of beautiful people of African and indigenous descent in an attempt to give visibility to cultural similarities across the diaspora.
Ever since French street artist, illustrator, and graphic designer Zabou was a child she has loved to draw and paint. So much so, that it’s not hard to imagine Zabou coming out of the womb wielding a can of spray paint. A far-fetched notion, of course, but not too far from the truth. According to Zabou, the first thing she ever held was a pencil.
Trying to portray the intense relationship of a mother and a daughter dynamic as the primary subjects for a piece of art has been a feat explored by numerous artists. However, Lithonia, Georgia teen, Arantza Peña Popo managed to successfully create a beautiful display of this affection for Google’s Doodle for Google competition.
If art is visual poetry then contemporary fine artist Shanequa Gay is the Virgil of the 21st century. She has her paintbrush on the pulse of the people. Embedded into the essence and fiber of her work are stories of community. An Atlanta native and alum of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Georgia State University, a key element of Gay’s multifaceted work is hybridity. She told Georgia State University Magazine that, “Atlanta culture as a whole is a hybrid, and as Americans, we’re all a mesh of things.”
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In the game of chess the queen can move across the board any way she sees fit. It might be straight forward when she comes at you directly with no small talk and lets you know what time it is.
Her approach could be diagonal when she moves right pass a barrier in order to get the job done. Sometimes she has to take a step backward return to the drawing board, and re-evaluate the plan.
No matter her direction, every step she takes, every move she makes is calculated and premeditated.
Often times many people feel powerless to create real change, and they find themselves doing little to create a world they want to live in. Samanta Tello told the Jewish News of Northern California,“I felt that I could at least do my part with regards to the goings on in this political climate. That at least I was doing something with my art.”
There are two sides to every story according to Cayce Zavaglia, including her subjects. As a classically trained painter and embroidery artist, she stitches handmade portraits out of yarn. Her work illustrates a person the same way a sketch artist can create a court scene with colored pencils and a sketch pad.
“Art has single-handedly changed my life and the way I live it. It is like love, you make it what you want. It makes you feel things you can’t always describe; so you’re left to just relish in the beauty of it,” Mellissa A. Mitchell told BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT.