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Artist Harmonia Rosales reimagines renaissance art.

Harmonia Rosales, an artist from Chicago, Illinois reimagines renaissance art with African Americans featured in the spotlight.
piece by Harmonia Rosales
piece by Harmonia Rosales

Artist Harmonia Rosales, an Afro- Cuban American artist that is currently based in Los Angeles, California remakes renaissance art which includes African American individuals. She says she recreated these paintings to show the world what she would like to see and what she would love for her kids to see, so they feel more celebrated and included in this world. Harmonia Rosales says “I want my daughter to accept herself, her afro, everything. When she began to grow up, she started to notice the difference of her skin color from the other kids. I wanted to create something for her.” seeing the idolization of a fairer complexation with untextured hair lacked diversity within the arts, grew Rosales to see something wrong with the things these paintings shown. Renaissance paintings were made to celebrate humans in their naturality, for black/African American to be excluded in this furthermore pushes the idolization of white people, excluding the beauty of color. Harmonia Rosales then notes “We have this notion of not being respected enough, strong enough, so why not take powerful images like god, or Jesus, or Adam. But I didn’t want to retell the same story. Also, to create some unity to give off the same message, but in a different way; We don’t need to be separated.” in Harmonia Rosales’s works she intertwines the traditional works of renaissance with a modern, diverse depiction of people of darker tones, of different ages, and different stories to tell. Through art Harmonia Rosales challenges social/religious beliefs. Such things like what a god or goddess looks like, what they think, and what do they represent.

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Shaylee irons, Reporter
My name is Shaylee Irons I’m a senior at Lakes high school, class of 2024. I’m heavily involved in the art program hoping to make a living off my art after high school. I love all things involving art, fashion, writing. I would say I am for sure someone that could talk about anything for hours. Most of my writing will be focused on art and the current things actively going down in the art program...

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