Contemporary art has the capacity to tell powerful stories about the world we live in, representing an abundance of experiences across a range of media. It can challenge mainstream discourse and mirror all sides of society. More than ever, it’s crucial that representation in the contemporary art world extends to the many Black voices with influential ideas and perspectives to express (and not just for one month a year). 

From emerging painters to photographers, these are just 8 contemporary Black artists to get on your radar right now!

Floyd Strickland

Los Angeles-based Floyd Strickland is a multidisciplinary artist who takes inspiration from his childhood environment, depicting human details in realistic yet dreamlike ways.  floyd-stickland-artist-jayz.jpg

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Naki Narh 

Artist and illustrator Naki Narh calls both Accra and London home. She expresses her world through rich colours, working across ink, acrylic and digital painting. 

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Kenny Sang

Based in Berlin, photographer Kenny Sang is on a mission to reframe Black masculinity and bring men’s mental health to the forefront through his work. 

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Francena Ottley

New York-based photographer Francena Ottley crafts narratives focused on empowering people of color, using her art as a tool for visual activism. 

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Wesley Barnes

Wesley Barnes is a Devon-based illustrator and lettering artist. His work is infused with positivity and color, always incorporating cheerful squiggles and shapes. 

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Charles Etoroma 

Based in Los Angeles, creative Charles Etoroma conveys powerful concepts and stories through his multifaceted visuals. 

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Jamal Peters

Whether capturing famous faces or local neighborhoods, director and photographer Jamal Peters' imagery is defined by a candid, documentary style that speaks on a deeply human level. 

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Thomcat23

The self-professed owner of "a hyperactive imagination," Thomcat23 creates pop surrealist scenes inspired by a love for comic book illustrations, basing his work around everything from politics to cartoons. 

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