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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 (September 7, 1917 – June 9, 2000) was an African-American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life. As well as a painter, storyteller, and interpreter, he was an educator. 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. He brought the African-American experience to life using blacks and browns juxtaposed with vivid colors. He also taught and spent 16 years as a professor at the University of Washington.Lawrence is among the best-known 20th-century African-American painters. He was 25 years old when he gained national recognition with his 60-panel ...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

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Social realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

Romare Bearden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Harlem Renaissance Artists
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Romare Bearden (September 2, 1911 – March 12, 1988) was an African-American artist and author of a history of his people's art. He worked with many types of media including cartoons, oils and collages. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bearden grew up in New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from NYU in 1935. He began his artistic career creating scenes of the American South. Later, he worked 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 returned to Paris in 1950 and studied Art History and Philosophy at the Sorbonne. Bearden's early work focused on unity and cooperation within ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Patchwork Quilt

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Social realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

Aaron Douglas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Harlem Renaissance Artists
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Aaron Douglas (May 26, 1899 – February 3, 1979) was an American painter, illustrator and visual arts educator. He was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He developed his art career painting murals and creating illustrations that addressed social issues around race and segregation in the United States by utilizing African-centric imagery. Douglas set the stage for young, African-American artists to enter public arts realm through his involvement with the Harlem Artists Guild. In 1944, he concluded his art career by founding the Art Department at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He taught visual art classes at Fisk until his retirement in 1966. Douglas is known as a prominent ...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: Topeka, Kansas, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance, Social realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Mural, Painting

Elizabeth Catlett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Harlem Renaissance Artists
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Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915 – April 2, 2012) was an American and Mexican graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century, which often focused on the female experience. 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. 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 worked with the Taller de Gráfica Popular for twenty years and became head of the sculpture department for the ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Students Aspire

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Art Forms: Sculpture