We just love it when black women have awesome visual representation in different fields! Like the beautiful ballerina art and illustrations by Boston-based Artist, Thato Mwosa.
Thato Mwosa is a wife, mother and an artist who was inspired to make her own illustrations after finding that black/brown ballerina art was scarce while trying to decorate her daughter, Tuli’s bedroom. The result is an array of ballerina silhouettes in different poses wearing bold and vibrant costumes. The ballerina silhouettes are great because they represent young girls of any color. So far, Thato has made illustrations of over 50 ballerinas with names including ones named in honor of Misty Copeland, Ingrid Silva and Michaela DePrince who are famous Ballerinas.
Thato Mwosa’s Afrik Art series features black women wearing bold and vibrant Afro-centric fabric. In these Afrik illustrations, she tries to capture the beauty of a modern cosmopolitan Afro-centric woman who is sophisticated, fierce and is not afraid of expressing herself in bold colors. The designs are intricate patterns that embody the Afropolitan essence.
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All the pieces are available to purchase as print or as original art. Email Thato at email@example.com for commissioned art.
You should also follow her Tuli Art on Instagram.