Inge Ruth Hardison was an African-American female sculptor and artist of the 1930’s. She was known for her unique collection of busts called Negro Giants in History. The busts were meant to give honor to the blacks that were not then depicted in the National Hall of Fame in Washington DC. Inge Hardison was also the only woman among the six artists who formed the Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
Rudolph van Empel graduated Cum Laude from the Academie St. Joost, Breda (1976–1981) as a graphic designer. In the mid-nineties, he decided to develop himself further as a visual artist. His international breakthrough came with his series of works entitled World, Moon, Venus (2005–2008). These were first exhibited , in the George Eastman House. Van Empel constructs his works through staged photography, digital enhancement and collage.
Artists are called mirror of any society. An artist makes the history of any nation. When it comes to America, contribution of black artists particularly women artists towards American art is simply beyond words. African-American art is the great emblem of struggle of African people in America to get their basic rights.
LOIS MAILOU JONES - November 3, 1905 – June 9, 1998. was an artist who painted and influenced others during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, during her long teaching and artistic career. Lois felt that her greatest contribution to the art world was "proof of the talent of black artists." The African-American artist is important in the history of art and I have demonstrated it by working and painting here and all over the world." But her fondest wish was to be just known as an "artist"
Elizabeth Catlett, a sculptor and printmaker who was widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century despite having lived most of her life in Mexico, has died. She was 96.