Famous Black Artists

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Jimmy Cliff
(Singer, Actor, Music artist, Artist, Musician)

Jimmy Cliff
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Birthdate: April 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint James Parish

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

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Larry D. Alexander
(Visual Artist Best Known for His Elaborate Pen-and-Ink Drawings and Crosshatching Technique)

Larry D. Alexander
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Birthdate: May 30, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dermott, Arkansas, United States

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

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Faith Ringgold
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Birthdate: October 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem

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Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
(Father of three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and Rahman Ali)

Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
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Birthdate: November 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 8, 1990

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Elizabeth Catlett
(Best known for her depictions of the Black-American experience in the 20th century)

Elizabeth Catlett
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Birthdate: April 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 2, 2012
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Babatunde Olatunji
(Musician, Percussionist)

Babatunde Olatunji
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Birthdate: April 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ajido
Died: April 6, 2003

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

Kerry James Marshall is an American professor and artist renowned for his artworks and paintings of Black figures. His work has inspired and influenced contemporary artists like Hank Willis Thomas. In 2017, he was mentioned in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people. Marshall has also taught at prestigious institutions like the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC).

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Charles Alston
(Painter, Sculptor, Artist, Muralist, Teacher)

Charles Alston
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Birthdate: November 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte
Died: April 27, 1977

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

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Ernie Barnes
(Artist)

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

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

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Lois Mailou Jones
(Painter, Educator)

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

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Clementine Hunter
(Folk Artist)

Clementine Hunter
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Birthdate: November 3, 1905, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 1, 1988

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Horace Pippin
(Painter)

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

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Ben Enwonwu
(Painter)

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

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Wangechi Mutu
(Visual artist, known primarily for her painting, sculpture, film, and performance work)

Wangechi Mutu
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Birthdate: June 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

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Martin Puryear
(Sculptor who works in media including wood, stone, tar, and wire)

Martin Puryear
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Birthdate: May 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

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

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

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

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Gwendolyn B. Bennett
(Former artist, writer, and journalist who contributed to Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life, which chronicled cultural advancements during the Harlem Renaissance)

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

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

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Roy DeCarava
(Artist)

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

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Hale Woodruff
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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.

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Magdalene Odundo
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Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

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

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Gwendolyn Knight
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Birthdate: May 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bridgetown, Barbados
Died: February 18, 2005

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

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

Abdias do Nascimento was an African Brazilian artist, scholar, and politician. A Pan-African activist, Nascimento created the Black Experimental Theater to fight against racism in 1944. He continued his fight by creating the Black Arts Museum and the First Congress of Brazilian Blacks in 1950. He received international honors, including a nomination for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Henry Tayali
(Artist)

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

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Romuald Hazoumè
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Birthdate: February 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Porto-Novo, Benin

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

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Ade A. Olufeko
(Designer, technologist, and entrepreneur primarily active in Lagos)

Ade A. Olufeko
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Birthdate: March 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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John Muafangejo
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Birthdate: October 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Angola
Died: November 27, 1987

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

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Ouattara Watts
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Ivory Coast

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Ollie Harrington
(Cartoonist)

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

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Jim Gary
(Sculptor)

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

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Tavares Strachan
(Conceptual artist)

Tavares Strachan
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Birthdate: December 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas

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Paul Ahyi
(Credited with designing of the flag of Togo)

Paul Ahyi
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Birthdate: January 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abomey, Benin
Died: January 4, 2010

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Younousse Sèye
(Artist, Actress)

Younousse Sèye
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Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Saint Louis, Senegal

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Billie Zangewa
(Artist who hand sews silk fabrics to create collage tapestries)

Billie Zangewa
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Blantyre, Malawi

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Meleko Mokgosi
(Artist whose work includes large-scale paintings that explore themes of colonialism, democracy, nationalism, and life in Southern Africa)

Meleko Mokgosi
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Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Francistown, Botswana

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Pen Cayetano
(Artist, Musician)

Pen Cayetano
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Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: Dangriga, Belize

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Samson Kambalu
(Artist whose well known artworks is Holy Ball, a football plastered in pages of the Bible)

Samson Kambalu
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Malawi

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Denzil Forrester
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Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Grenada, Caribbean

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Winston Branch
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Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Castries, Saint Lucia

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Ruby Bute
(Painter, Writer)

Ruby Bute
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Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: Aruba