Michael Ray Charles signing Black Cats Go Off, photo via The Flatbed Files

Michael Ray Charles/ Michael Ray Charles

United States 1967

Painting

Michael Ray Charles
Michael Ray Charles
Male
United States
1967

Michael Ray Charles is an African-American painter, whose work is an investigation into the legacy of historic racial stereotypes of African Americans. Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, the artist employs Black caricatures and stereotypes such as the Sambo, Aunt Jemima, grinning pickaninnies, and Uncle Tom, to comment on contemporary racial attitudes.

Featured image: Michael Ray Charles signing Black Cats Go Off, photo via The Flatbed Files