Sherman Beck is an established African-American painter who was a member of the influential Africobra: African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists. His style is a mixture of figuration and abstraction characterized by the exploration of black representation, as well as vibrant color scheme and the masks typical for the African culture.
Beck graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed further studies at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He worked as a commercial artist and free-lance illustrator, specialized in display, sign and filmstrip, and he acted as a notable lecturer at Dunbar High School for more than two decades.
Featured image: Sherman Beck - Ancestors, 1990 (detail). Mixed media on paper. 30 × 40 in. 76.2 × 101.6 cm. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery