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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 20th-century African-American painters. He was 23 years old when he gained national recognition with his 60-panel Migration Series, painted on cardboard. The series depicted the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. A part of this series was featured in a 1941 issue of Fortune Magazine. The collection is now held by two museums. Lawrence's works are in the ...more on Wikipedia

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 his artistic career creating scenes of the American South. Later, he endeavored to express the humanity he felt was lacking in the world after his experience in the US Army during World War II on the European front. He later returned to Paris in 1950 and studied Art History and Philosophy at the Sorbonne in 1950. Bearden's early work focused on unity and cooperation within the African-American ...more on Wikipedia

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 on Wikipedia

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: Kansas, Area code 785, Contiguous United States, Topeka, United States of America, + more

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 grandchild of freed slaves. It was difficult for a black woman in this time to pursue a career as a working artist, and Catlett devoted much of her career to teaching. However, a fellowship awarded to her in 1946 allowed her to travel to Mexico City, where she would work with the Taller de Gráfica Popular for twenty years and head the sculpture department of the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas. ...more on Wikipedia

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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