Oscar Waraka

With a background in large-scale mural installations, Oscar Waraka paints abstract and figurative compositions in active brushstrokes. “In my art practice,” he says, “I critique perceptions of beauty ideals, stereotypes, and myths, to create a dialogue between the ideas of inclusion, dignity, and subjectivity by addressing beauty in the form of people of color, making room for those who are often not included in the definition of ‘beauty’. Most of my subjects are People of Color from ordinary walks of life (myself included), and my work focuses on their stories and histories. I believe decolonization is not only an obligation but a personal commitment to transform this world to a better, more human place.”