A few months back, I was scrolling through my Instagram explore page, when I was struck by a particular work of art. The rich colour palette, the expression of the radiant black woman, the high art style with which she’s most carefully painted in. I was excited – I don’t get to see this kind of classic style on people of colour very often. I had to see more of this amazing artist’s work!
That’s when I stumbled upon Harmonia Rosales’ profile, and never have I been more grateful to Instagram’s algorithm and the universe for putting it in my way. Reimagined classic paintings with beautiful black cherubs, all types of natural hair textures, black women represented as figures like God and Adam, just to name a small section of her subject matter. Her work combines activism with exceptional artistic skill to create refreshing representations to address the lack of diversity within art.