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List of famous Harlem Renaissance artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Harlem Renaissance movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Harlem Renaissance period artists are organized alphabetically, but you may sort this information by clicking any column. Every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You're able to copy this factual list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you use regularly. List artists include Lois Mailou Jones, Archibald Motley and many more. (29 items)

Jacob Lawrence was an African-American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life. Lawrence referred to his style as "dynamic cubism," though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem. Lawrence is among the best-known ...more

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Artworks: On the Way, The Wedding, The railroad stations were at times so over-packed with people leaving that special guards had to be called in to keep order, Another of the social causes of the migrants' leaving was that at times they did not feel safe or it was not the best thing to be found on the streets late at night. They were arrested on the slightest provocation, + more

Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Social realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Romare Bearden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Harlem Renaissance Artists
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Romare Bearden was an American artist and writer who depicted African-American life. He has worked with many types of media including cartoons, oils and collages. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bearden moved to New York City at a very young age and went on to graduate from NYU in 1935. He began ...more

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Artworks: Patchwork Quilt

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Social realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Aaron Douglas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Harlem Renaissance Artists
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Aaron Douglas was an African-American painter and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. ...more

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Artworks: Building More Stately Mansions, Birth o' the Blues, Aspects of Negro Life: Song of the Towers, Boy With Toy Plane Aspects of Negro Life: An Idyll of the Deep South, + more

Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Social realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Mural, Painting

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Elizabeth Catlett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Harlem Renaissance Artists
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Elizabeth Catlett was an African-American graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century, which often had the female experience as their focus. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C. to parents working in education, and was the ...more

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Artworks: Students Aspire

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Art Forms: Sculpture

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Horace Pippin was a self-taught African-American painter. The injustice of slavery and American segregation figure prominently in many of his works. A Pennsylvania State historical Marker was placed at 327 Gay St., West Chester, Pennsylvania to commemorate his accomplishments and mark his home where ...more

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Artworks: Zachariah, Cabin in the Cotton, John Brown Going to his Hanging, Harmonizing Domino Players, + more

Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Naïve art, Social realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Henry Ossawa Tanner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Harlem Renaissance Artists
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Henry Ossawa Tanner was an African-American artist. He was the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim. He moved to Paris in 1891 to study, and decided to stay there, being readily accepted in French artistic circles. His painting entitled Daniel in the Lions' Den was accepted ...more

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Artworks: Flight Into Egypt, The Banjo Lesson, The Two Disciples at the Tomb, Gateway Tangiers, + more

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

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Norman Lewis


Norman W. Lewis was an African-American painter, scholar, and teacher. He is associated with Abstract Expressionism. Lewis was African-American, of Bermudian descent. ...more

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Artworks: Untitled, Phantasy II

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Charles Alston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Harlem Renaissance Artists
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Charles Henry Alston was an African-American painter, sculptor, illustrator, muralist and teacher who lived and worked in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. Alston was active in the Harlem Renaissance; Alston was the first African-American supervisor for the Works Progress Administration's ...more

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Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Sculpture, Mural, Painting

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