Famous Black Artists

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 1 Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: August 12, 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist whose legacy has had an influence upon fashion, film, music, and literature. He serves as an inspiration to street artists as he started off as one, painting graffiti on buildings. After his death, at the age of 27, the value of his work has increased; in 2017, one of his paintings sold for a record $110.5 million.

 2 Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff.
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Music artist, Artist, Musician
Birthdate: April 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint James Parish

 3 Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 4 Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem

 5 Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

 6 Henry Ossawa Tanner

Henry Ossawa Tanner.
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Birthdate: June 21, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died: May 25, 1937

 7 Babatunde Olatunji

Babatunde Olatunji
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Famous As: Musician, Percussionist
Birthdate: April 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ajido
Died: April 6, 2003
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 8 Ernie Barnes

Ernie Barnes
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 27, 2009

 9 Charles Alston

Charles Alston.
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Artist, Muralist, Teacher
Birthdate: November 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte
Died: April 27, 1977

 10 Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

 11 Bobby Ologun

Bobby Ologun
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Famous As: sportsperson, tarento, kickboxer
Birthdate: April 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ibadan

 12 Theodosia Okoh

Theodosia Okoh
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Effiduase, Gold Coast
Died: April 19, 2015

 13 Lois Mailou Jones

Lois Mailou Jones
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Famous As: Painter, Educator
Birthdate: November 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston
Died: June 9, 1998

 14 Clementine Hunter

Clementine Hunter
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Famous As: Folk Artist
Birthdate: November 30, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 1, 1988

 15 Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu
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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: June 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nairobi

 16 Horace Pippin

Horace Pippin
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 22, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 6, 1946

 17 Ben Enwonwu

Ben Enwonwu
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria
Died: February 5, 1994

 18 Kwadwo Nkansah

Kwadwo Nkansah
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kumasi, Ghana

 19 Thornton Dial

Thornton Dial
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Emelle, Alabama
Died: January 25, 2016

 20 Palmer Hayden

Palmer Hayden
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Widewater, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 18, 1973

 21 Gwendolyn B. Bennett

Gwendolyn B. Bennett
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 8, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Giddings, Texas, United States
Died: May 30, 1981

 22 Jayne Cortez

Jayne Cortez
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fort Huachuca, Arizona
Died: December 28, 2012

 23 Roy DeCarava

Roy DeCarava
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 9, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 27, 2009

 24 Hale Woodruff

Hale Woodruff
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 26, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cairo, Illinois, United States
Died: September 6, 1980

Best known for his Amistad Mutiny murals, Hale Woodruff was raised singlehandedly by his working mother after his father’s death and thus took to drawing to spend time by himself. He later grew up to be a Black art icon and established the Atlanta Annuals to encourage African-American artists.

 25 Magdalene Odundo

Magdalene Odundo
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Famous As: Potter
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 26 Younousse Sèye

Younousse Sèye
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Famous As: Artist, Actress
Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Saint Louis, Senegal

 27 Abdias do Nascimento

Abdias do Nascimento
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: March 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Franca, Brazil
Died: May 23, 2011

 28 Malangatana Ngwenya

Malangatana Ngwenya
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Portuguese Mozambique
Died: January 5, 2011

 29 Grafton Tyler Brown

Grafton Tyler Brown
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 22, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 2, 1918

 30 Henry Tayali

Henry Tayali.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Serenje
Died: July 22, 1987

 31 Joseph Yoakum

Joseph Yoakum
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 22, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ash Grove, Missouri, United States
Died: December 25, 1972

 32 Eldzier Cortor

Eldzier Cortor
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 10, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: November 26, 2015

 33 Ollie Harrington

Ollie Harrington
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: February 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Valhalla, New York, United States
Died: November 2, 1995

 34 Jim Gary

Jim Gary
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: February 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sebastian, Florida, United States
Died: January 14, 2006

 35 Iba N'Diaye

Iba N'Diaye
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1928 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Louis, Senegal
Died: October 5, 2008

 36 Aïda Touré

Aïda Touré
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Famous As: Painter, Poet
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Gabon

 37 Sergine André

Sergine André
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Verettes, Haiti

 38 Cecil Archibald Baugh

Cecil Archibald Baugh
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Famous As: Potter
Birthdate: November 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bangor Ridge, Jamaica
Died: June 28, 2005