Martín de Porres Velázquez, O.P., was a Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony. Continue reading Profile: Martin de Porres (1579 -1639)
Dorian Corey was a trans woman, drag performer, and fashion designer.
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William Y. Cooper was an American painter, writer, illustrator, muralist, printmaker, and art teacher who spent most of his life in Buffalo, New York. His artwork combines an influence of his African heritage and his personal experience in America. Using symbolism, metaphors, color, and line, Cooper illustrates literal concepts in his works. Jazz music and famous African-American people are prominent themes in his art. He produced a young adult novel and a children’s play later in his life, but is known for his numerous decorated murals exhibited within the United States and Ghana. Cooper was recognized in 2013 as a “Living Legacy Artist” by the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Continue reading Profile: William Y. Cooper (1934-2016)
Paul Lamar Collins is an American realist painter. Collins is known for his skillful use of textures, light, and attention to detail. Continue reading Profile: Paul Collins (1936-)