artists The Greatest and Most Influential African American Artists of All Time  

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They are the famous African-American artists who have exquisitely shared portrayals of historic events and individuals, cultural perspectives, and the experiences and struggles of minorities through their artwork.For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment.

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Jason Innocent


Changed the game the most, and his art is the most likely to endure


Jean-Michel Basquiat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest and Most Influential African American Artists of All Time
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Jean-Michel Basquiat has been credited with bringing the African-American and Latino experience in the elite art world.

Artworks: Flexible, Fuego Flores, In Italian, Hollywood Africans, Untitled (1981), + more

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

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Graffiti, Neo-expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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most widely acclaimed African-American artist of the 20th century.

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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Kara Walker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest and Most Influential African American Artists of All Time
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Rose to fame for her use of large paper silhouettes to explore social issues surrounding gender, race and black history.

Artworks: Cut, Gone: An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart, No Mere Words Can Adequately Reflect The Remorse This Negress Feels . .

Birthplace: Stockton, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Collage, Installation art

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