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Mieyoshi Ragernoir

On The Nineteenth | 40″ x 30″ | Acrylic, marker and glitter on canvas | 2022

Artist Statement

I portray heritage and the radiance of Black American pride and joy. My artwork serves as archival portraits rooted in history and how it continuously lingers into our present. Born in Harlem, then moving to the West Bronx in my teens, I’ve witnessed a drastic cultural shift in both communities spanning over two decades as a result of systemic racism, gentrification, and entertainment media. Reacting to the vivid aftermath of historical changes, I view my paintings as responsive social dialogues, colorful retellings, and portraits depicting the essential moments of my youth and adulthood. Black American pride is amplified through my artwork to shed light on an often disregarded community in America. Using paint and mixed materials as tools of empowerment; Black and Brown figures are often painted in front of vibrant backgrounds that portray elements I’ve seen living in Black/and Brown communities of New York City.

Artist Website + Social Media: 
Instagram @Painting2Exhale

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.