Mickalene Thomas is a contemporary African-American visual artist best known as a painter using rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel. She is an internationally renowned artist recognized for works celebrating the power of female beauty toward claiming women’s agency. She confronts the objectification of women while simultaneously offering a vocabulary for redefining notions of femininity.
Mickalene lives and works in New York and is one of the most influential artists today. Her mixed-media paintings, photographs, films and installations explore the complexities of black and female identity within the Western canon. She is also a Tony Awards nominated co-producer, curator, educator and mentor to many emerging artists and curates exhibitions at galleries and museums.
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