About the Artist
Shawn Michael Warren was born in Chicago, IL, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BFA at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and also studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. His work is a reflection of the experiences and narratives surrounding black history and culture. His intent is to create works of art that depict the underrepresented. From unknown parts of history to contemporary topics, his work is used as a means to educate, ignite thought-provoking conversations about societal issues that plague us as a collective people and evoke empathy, conviction, compassion and beauty. Warren’s work brings attention and awareness to events and individuals (past and present) that have affected and shaped cultures and civilizations throughout the world. His most notable creation, “In a Promised Land . . . ”, received critical acclaim for bringing life to the tragic history of the Greenwood Community in early 1920s Tulsa, Oklahoma, home to the wealthiest black community in America: “The sublime beauty of Warren’s painting style combined with the absence of blood and gore makes the subject matter accessible, so that people linger and look closely at the scene of destruction and emotional upheaval” (Kate Lewis, in the Rapidian).