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Famous Harlem Renaissance Artists

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)

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    Aaron Douglas was an African-American painter and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. more on Wikipedia
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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 + 5 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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    Archibald John Motley, Junior was an African-American painter. He studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1910s, graduating in 1918. He is most famous for his colorful chronicling of the African-American experience during the 1920s and 1930s, and is considered one of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Nightlife, Self-Portrait
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Augusta Savage, born Augusta Christine Fells was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a teacher and her studio was important to the careers of a rising generation of artists who would become nationally known. She worked for equal rights for African Americans ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Beauford Delaney

    Beauford Delaney was an American modernist painter. He is remembered for his work with the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as his later works in abstract expressionism following his move to Paris in the 1950s. Beauford's younger brother, Joseph, was also a noted painter. more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Self-Portrait
    • Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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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 on Wikipedia
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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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    Charles Wilbert White

    Charles Wilbert White was an American artist born in Chicago. He was known for his WPA era murals. more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: This, My Brother
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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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 on Wikipedia
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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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    Gwendolyn Bennetta Bennett

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    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
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    Hale Woodruff

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    Hale Aspacio Woodruff was an African-American artist known for his murals, paintings, and prints. He sought to express his sense of heritage in abstract painting. His three-panel work, Amistad Mutiny murals, is held at Talladega College in Talladega County, Alabama. more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Twilight
    • Birthplace: Cairo, Illinois, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Henry Wilmer "Mike" Bannarn was an African-American artist, best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance period. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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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 into ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Flight Into Egypt, The Banjo Lesson, The Two Disciples at the Tomb, Gateway, Tangiers + 7 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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    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 he ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Zachariah, Cabin in the Cotton, John Brown Going to his Hanging, Harmonizing, Domino Players + 7 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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    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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 33 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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    Joseph Delaney

    Joseph Delaney was an African-American artist who became a part of the New York art scene at the time of the Harlem Renaissance. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
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    Laura Wheeler Waring

    Laura Wheeler Waring was an African-American artist and educator, best known for her paintings of prominent African Americans produced during the Harlem Renaissance. She also taught art for more than 30 years at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Lois Mailou Jones

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    Lois Mailou Jones was an artist who painted and influenced others during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, during her long teaching and artistic career. Jones was the only African-American female painter of the 1930s and 1940s to achieve fame abroad, and the earliest whose subjects extend beyond the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Luther E. Vann was born in Savannah, Georgia, but grew up in both Savannah and New York City. As a child, he was surrounded by and studied with such artists of the Harlem Renaissance as Charles Alston. His work and life are the principle focus of the book ELEMENTAL, the Power of Illuminated Love. He has ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love, Songs of My People, Angel of Better Days to Come
    • Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Creative Thinkers International, Gullah Artists
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Digital art, Sculpture, Photography, Painting
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    Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller was an African-American artist, notable for her art celebrating Afrocentric themes. She was known as a multi-talented artist who wrote poetry, painted, and sculpted. At the turn of the twentieth century, she was a well-known sculptor in Paris before her return to the United ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Miguel Covarrubias

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    Miguel Covarrubias also known as José Miguel Covarrubias Duclaud was a Mexican painter, caricaturist, illustrator, ethnologist and art historian. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
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    Nancy Elizabeth Prophet

    Nancy Elizabeth Prophet was an American sculptor. She became noted for her work in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. A perfectionist who did all her own carving, her surviving output is small. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Warwick, Rhode Island, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America
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