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Afro-Cuban Female Artist Renovates Classic Art: ‘Replaces White Men With Black Women’

Harmonia Rosales, an Afro-Cuban female artist, is renewing the African aesthetic in classic works of art. She brilliantly re-invents some of the art worlds most notable pieces, with black women in place of white men.

(Cover Photo: Harmonia Rosales)

Who is Harmonia Rosales?

Artist Harmonia Rosales poses with her oil painting “The Virtuous Woman” at a VIP gallery opening on September 16, 2017 at downtown LA’s Simard Bilodeau Contemporary. (Earl Gibson III.)

In her own words, from her website, she introduces herself:

“I believe in creating art with meaning–meaning with impact, moving people to see the world differently and to be guided by that new vision.  Based in Chicago, my inspiration arises from living life as a woman of color. My art is born out of a combination of my love for history, thirst for endless new knowledge, and dedication to social action.  In refining my work, I have been able to shape a unique perspective built on the foundation of an appreciation of traditional expression and form, with structure and story that creates a bold new contemporary counter narrative–on the elements of the story, as well as the elements of the process of storytelling.  Art is my weapon in the ongoing battle against indifference and inaction.  It forms the basis of resistance. The visual narratives of the “masters” depicting a White heaven and the idealized subordinated woman lay at the foundation of our mediated reality of social order and a power hierarchy.  They block our path to the truth. My exhibits intend to begin to clear that blockage by deconstructing the dominant social narrative through the same medium that helped create it.”

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