The Remarkable and Vibrant Portraits
by artist Amy Sherald
Amy Sherald is an American painter who works mostly as a portraitist depicting African Americans. Her style is simplified realism.
At 30 Amy’s heart was failing and at one point she stopped painting for 4 years.
2012 her brother died of cancer and just days later Sherald received a heart transplant.
An artist all too familiar with mortality, Amy Sherald has touched eternity with her stunning and captivating paintings.
In 2016, Sherald became the first woman as well as the first African American ever to win the National Portrait Gallery's Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The next year, she and Kehinde Wiley were selected by former President Barack Obama (Wiley) and Former First Lady Michelle Obama(Sherald) to paint their official portraits, becoming the first African Americans ever to receive presidential portrait commissions from the National Portrait Gallery. The portraits were unveiled together in 2018.
Sherald has also worked for almost two decades along-side socially committed creative initiatives, including teaching art in prisons and art projects with teenagers.