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Five African American Artists Who Changed The Way We See The World  


Many African American artists have depicted their culture on a large frame. They explore their biblical senses through historical images. Through their self-affirmation, they have inspired many generations of artists. These great artists have moved the traditional benchmark of sculpture and artwork to the new extreme. They have introduced a brilliant sense of their culture to the rest of the world.

Here are five such famous African Americans who have influenced the cohort for growing their culture worldwide on separate meadows:

Gordon Parks

Golden Parks was a world-famous photographer, writer, composer, and filmmaker. He touched more hearts through his extraordinary work on projects like Shaft and The Learning Tree. He told the world how their world used to be during 1920’s and 1930’s. He didn’t write history; he pictured it.

The legend Gordon Parks was born on November 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas. The first African-American Photographer for Vogue and Life magazine was a self- taught artist. His father was a vegetable farmer, and they lived self-effacingly.


Horace Pippin

Horace Pippin was a well-known artist. He obtained the eminence from his biblical paintings that used to be inspired by his intricate understanding of culture. His words are real motivation for this era’s artists. He said-

“The pictures … come to me in my mind, and if to me it is a good picture I paint it … I do over the picture several times in my mind, and when I am ready to paint it I have all the details I need.”

The big name was born on February 22, 1888, in West Chester, Pennsylvania and died on July 6, 1946 in West Chester. In spite of several difficulties during World War I, Horace Pippin preserved and taught himself to paint what he wanted to.

Henry Ossawa Tanner

Henry Ossawa Tanner is best known for his esteemed paintings “Nicodemus Visiting Jesus, “The Banjo Lesson”, and “The Thankful Poor”. Henry Ossawa was the earliest African-American painter who garnered an international acclaim. He proudly said -“I will preach with my brush.”

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 21, 1859.  Tanner was the oldest of his eight siblings. He belonged to a good family; his parents had real professions. His father was an Episcopal minister and a schoolteacher. The Courageous Tanner inclined towards arts despite his father’s objection.

In 1891, when he visited Europe, his life took a remarkable turn. Finding Europe free from racial discriminations, he decided to settle in Paris.

Augusta Savage

She was one of the big artists and an arts educator. Augusta Savage was known for her great sculptures. She was from Florida, born in 1892. Augusta Savage was a born artist. She used to create beauty from her early days.

Later in the years she served her work as a director for the Harlem Community Center and created the monumental work.

Edmonia Lewis 

Another endowed Woman, Edmonia Lewis, was the first Professional African- American and Native-American sculptor. Her religious works earned a great honor for her. She was born in Greenbush, New York around 1844.

The world was confused about her actual date of birth. Later on, her date of birth was settled for 4th of July, 1844. She was the daughter of a part-Ojibwa mother and a black father.

These are the top 5 artists, who showed the world who they were. Their struggle and positive spirit during a hard time are praised all over the world till date. They had no one to teach them how to discover their aptitude and they lingered for none. This is how they paved their path and to greatness and immortality through their work.


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