African Americans in Art… Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden was born in 1911 and was a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance.  He attended Lincoln U. , Boston U. and finally got a degree in education from NYU in New York. Mr. Bearden worked for 3 main magazines doing editorial cartoons commentating on artistic and social issues.

In 1940 the artist had his first solo showing in Harlem and in 1944 his first solo show in Washington D.C. He married a woman from St. Martin in the Caribbean and in 1970 they took a second residence on the islands. A true artists’ artist that loved to create, he designed sets and costumes for Alvin Ailey’s Dance company as well as other dance groups. Mr Bearden also created and illustrated several books.

In 1987 Romare Bearden received the National Medal for the Arts from Ronald Reagan.

This artist has a very bold and direct use of color. While the drawings are far from technically correct, they are very emotional.  For an artist looking to try the collage technique, I highly recommend studying some works of the great artistic talents of Romare Bearden!

Get out some paper and get that pencil moving!



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