7 Black Artists You Should Know

From working with Solange to being lauded by "Vogue," these women are lighting up the art scene.
Miss Rosen
Broad Strokes

The Artistic Benefits of Forgetfulness

Bay Area artists Rewina Beshue and Muzae Sesay discuss how their faulty memories inspire their work and frame their experiences as first-generation African immigrants.
Sarah Burke

The Woman Transforming Stretch Marks and Period Stains into Art

22-year-old Zinteta enjoys using her artwork to explore taboo themes about the female body.
Ruge Ratcliffe

The Forgotten Surrealist Painter Who ‘Didn’t Have Time to Be Anyone’s Muse’

By the time she was 30, the formidable painter and writer Leonora Carrington had had an affair with Max Ernst, endured a nervous breakdown, been forcibly installed in a mental institution, fled to Mexico, and written a harrowing memoir about madness...
Nel Dahl

This Artist with Synesthesia Sees Colors in Music and Paints Your Favorite Songs

Melissa McCracken grew up with a neurological condition that means she processes songs as colors—a gift that translates into paintings inspired by her favorite musicians.
Jess Denham

The Artist Painting Intimate Portraits of Interracial Love

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case "Loving v. Virginia," which overturned bans on miscegenation, artist Leslie Barlow wanted to explore mixed-race identity in a positive, uplifting way.
Sheila Regan

The Artist Who Painted the Politically Invisible and the Politically Active

For most of her life, the 20th-century painter Alice Neel worked in obscurity, depicting people of color, the working class, intellectuals, and activists. Now, a new exhibition curated by Hilton Als examines her portraits of her neighbors in Harlem.
Olivia Parkes

Deceptively Whimsy Paintings with a Political Stroke

Artist Sophie von Hellermann isn't afraid to be cute, girly, and playful. Case in point: She answered our questions with drawings. But her work is anything but light.
Olivia Parkes

Artist Mickalene Thomas Is Bringing Black Women into the Canon

Drawing inspiration from her childhood in the 1970s as well as the full scope of Western and African art, Thomas uses painting, photography, collage, and video to demand her glamorous, assertive subjects be seen.
Olivia Parkes

The Artist Painting Memories of Iraq

The singular work of Hayv Kahraman is influenced by "decorative arts" as much as recent political history—and the combination is as beautiful as it is uncomfortable.
Olivia Parkes

The Artist Making Paintings That Are Part Fairy Tale, Part Propaganda

Rosa Loy was one of the few female members of post-reunification Germany's New Leipzig School, but her paintings are 100 percent woman. We talked to the artist about working with history, what it's like to be part of a "movement," and why she only...
Olivia Parkes

The Artist Painting History's Complicated Relationship to the Female Body

We talked to the painter Heidi Hahn about how she mines her emotions for her work, failure, and equality both in and beyond the art world.
Olivia Parkes