by Ariadna Zierold
Baltimore based Amy Sherald received her MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, BA in Painting from Clark-Atlanta University, and was a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence in Portobelo, Panama.
Her work started out autobiographical in nature, but has taken on a social context ever since she moved to Baltimore. She is best known for her portrait paintings that address social justice, as well as her choice of subjects, which are drawn from outside of the art historical narrative. Through her work, she takes a closer look at the way people construct and perform their identities in response to political, social, and cultural expectations.