15 Black Artists to Follow On Instagram

Their accounts will brighten up your feed.

Whether you’re looking to spruce up a blank wall, in need of some serious decor inspo for your sterile home office, creating a cozy reading nook, or you’re simply seeking Black artists to support, what better place to start than Instagram? It’s home to an incredible number of both new and established Black creators whose accounts will not only brighten up your feed, but also expose you to stunning designs. A majority of the artists featured on this list (many of which are female and small business owners) have online shops featuring prints, jewelry, greeting cards, and more that all put BIPOCs at the forefront of their visuals.

@sheisthisdesigns

Through her artistic aesthetic, Shae (the woman behind She Is This) hopes to “inspire women of color and beyond—young and old to not just embrace their skin, but celebrate it and everything it comes with,” according to her website.

@chuckstyless

Visual artist Chuck Styles will fill your Instagram feed with captivating portraits of the most famous faces of past and present, from Vice President Kamala Harris to James Baldwin.

@tactilematter

 

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L.A. native Kenesha Sneed, the multidisciplinary artist behind Tactile Matter, seeks to communicate the Black female experience through empowering images.

@briapaints

 

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Bria Nicole’s stylish lifestyle illustrations offer an escape through art. They depict dreamy landscapes, tropical getaways, and idyllic nature scenes. All make for eye-catching wall art, available in canvas and affordable poster prints.

@aisforavery

 

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Avery Williamson’s unique drawings and paintings use various colors and shapes to depict emotion. In addition to prints, she also sells handmade earrings in her Etsy shop.

@prettystrangedesign

 

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Ciara LeRoy’s vibrant embroidery and lettering displays motivational messages that not only inspire, but also make for a unique piece of home decor.

@jadepurplebrown

 

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With shocks of color, Jade Purple Brown’s pieces are always uplifting.

@theebouffants

The quirky and fun illustrations from Kendra Dandy (the artist behind Bouffants & Broken Hearts) can be found on masks, canvas prints, pillows, and more.

@kadirnelson

 

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Kadir Nelson’s striking award-winning paintings are a staple of American culture. You’ve most likely seen Nelson’s work before, whether it was the album cover of Drake’s “Nothing Was The Same,” illustrations in various children’s books including Debbie Allen’s Brother’s In the Night, or the portrait of George Floyd featured on The New Yorker’s June 2020 cover.

@jekein

 

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Jekein Lato-Unah’s rich oil on canvas paintings depict the beauty and power of Black women. In addition to prints, Lato-Unah also commissions portraits.

@uzo.art

 

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Uzo Njoku combines bold patterns and striking portraits in her art, which are available in prints, phone cases, and even a yoga mat.

@mllebelamour

 

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The Guadeloupe-born Mlle Belamour’s sexy lifestyle illustrations offer joy and levity.

@reynanoriega_

Afro Latina artist, Reyna Noriega, offers representation of all women through her work, depicting the beauty of diversity through vivid illustrations.

@dorcascreates

 

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From eye-catching greeting cards to pins and notebooks, the pieces in Dorcas Magbadelo’s U.K. based Etsy shop are all made to celebrate Black women.

@melarieodelusi

It’s difficult to resist Melarie Odelusi’s calming illustrations, all created in a modern neutral color palette.

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