Exploring memories, ancestrality, self-love, and classical European art, Chicago-born artist Harmonia Rosales paintings powerful portraits of black figures in the Renaissance style to highlight the black female empowerment in Western culture.
Since the beginning of her art career, Harmonia Rosales’s main artistic concern has been focused on black female empowerment in Western culture. Her paintings depict and honor the African diaspora. The artist is entirely open to the ebb and flow of contemporary society in which she seeks to reimagine new forms of aesthetic beauty, snuggled somewhere between pure love and ideological counter-hegemony. As a young girl, the renaissance masters, impeccable skill and composition fascinated her but she could never relate because they depicted primarily a white male hierarchy and the idealized subordinated woman immersed in a Eurocentric conception of beauty. Her message is not to create an ideal or to simply copy, but rather to create a sense of harmony, a yin to the yang. The black female bodies in her paintings are in memory of her ancestors, expressed in a way to heal and promote self-love. In addition, the approach that nourish Rosales’ art are closely linked to her multi-cultural Afro-Cuban background. The ethereal creations in which she gives birth to on canvas are a synonym of female empowerment and cultural acceptance by which she has grappled with.Harmonia Rosales