Artist Harmonia Rosales replaces white men with Black women, so that women of color can be better represented in historical paintings.
She explained, “Art is my weapon in the ongoing battle against indifference and inaction. It forms the basis of resistance.”
Rosales is an Afro-Cuban American artist who became well-known her for reinterpretation of Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam,” where she portrays God and Adam as Black women. She says women of color are underrepresented in the art world, while white men dominate the space.
“And when you consider that all human life came out of Africa, the Garden of Eden and all, then it only makes sense to paint God as a black woman, sparking life in her own image.” Rosales stated to Buzzfeed.
The self-taught artist says she paints Black women so girls of color can see themselves in famous paintings, stating, “I want my daughter to grow up proud of her curls and coils, her brown skin, and her identity as a woman of color, a woman of value.”
Rosales is taking her talents from Chicago to LA, where she’s been recognized by Hollywood favs, including “Hidden Figures” star, Aldis Hodge Hopes her work really inspires girls of color and helps redefine the art world to include them more.