Afrofuturist Art: 5 Artists You Should Know

John Jennings

John Jennings

The curators at Empress Life have compiled a list of Afrofuturist Artists you should know.

The author writes:

“Afrofuturist art not only conveys the fantasies of the future, but it also seeks to connect people of the Diaspora to the narratives and aesthetics of our African heritage. Drawing from science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, horror, and magic, this art form responds to the mainstream’s lack of black representation by visualizing black people throughout both time and space. Here are some artists who have made stellar contributions to the genre.”

While many are familiar with the work of John Jennings, Krista Franklin and Tyra White Meadows, here are a few more making it do what it do.

 Joshua Mays
Joshua Mays is an Oakland-based muralist, illustrator, and painter. His chromatic works can bee seen in streets and studios all over the world. Check out his Instagram or Tumblr for more art.

Joshua Mays

Joshua Mays

Tyra White Meadows
Tyra White Meadows is a New York artist based in Arkansas. She is known for her digital depictions of the beautiful and the grotesque. Check out her tumblr for more art.

Tyra White Meadows

Tyra White Meadows

Ai Rich
Dutch visual artist and photographer, Ai Rich, whose conceptual art features black models exclusively, aims to create powerful statements against the idealism of Western aesthetics. Check out her Facebook or website for more work.

Ai Rich

Ai Rich

Check out more Afrofuturist Artists at Empress Life or Blavity.com.

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