From a young age, Cristina Martinez' artistic journey was rooted in richness and feminine power of her Black and Mexican heritage. She entry into the art world started with fashion illustration and eventually morphed into broader forms of self expression. I love her self portraits which emote feelings with vibrant colors and texture.
Dana Robinson is a multidisciplinary artist who uses paint, vintage materials and found objects to address the topics around Black female identity, nostalgia and youth. In her abstract series Ebony Reprinted, pages of old advertisements are painted over to remove traces of exploitative and capitalist language to allow for the Black subjects to reclaim their power. I love how Dana smears and presses paint to create texture and abstract detail in these portraits.
California native Greg Breda's skillful, cubist-like technique plays with light and shadow in a way that provides a stunning, nearly realistic quality to his paintings. The men and women he paints are expressive and in deep thought - perhaps contemplating something deeper and beyond their current condition or environment.
It's hard to believe that is was only 2016 when Mark Clennon first picked up a camera. After discovering his incredible work during the Black Lives Matter protests, Mark has quickly become one of my favorite photographers to date. Whether it's fashion, street, portrait, or documentary style photography, Mark has an innate ability to capture the raw beauty of humanity. If you like his work as much as I do, pick up the latest issue of Time Magazine and buy prints of his work here!
It was Ronald Jackson's series Profiles of Color III: Fabric, Face, & Form that first drew me to his work. Through his large scale paintings, Ronald captures the complexities of the human experience and the societies that influence them. The floral masks his subjects don in this particular series are meant not to conceal but rather project. The viewer is invited to contemplate the experiences of the person that they are looking at - to look and ponder beyond the mask and into the gaze of his subjects.