ARTIST, RHONDA K. BROWN HAS BEEN LIVING AND CREATING ART IN CHICAGO SINCE 1995.
A native Clevelander, Brown hails from a family that opened the first Black-owned for-profit gallery in the country, Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1980. As such, Rhonda had the opportunity to spend time with the artists the gallery represented including: Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith, Selma Burke, Carolyn Mazloomi and many others.
Growing up with art all around inspired her to complete a bachelor of fine arts with a double major in painting and drawing and art history from The Ohio State University. Thereafter, she completed her master’s degree in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Brown’s expressive colorful paintings confront the viewer. Her abstracted human form, palette, and expressive lines communicate solemnity and boldness equally. Brown’s work appears in private collections across the country, is currently exhibited on Martha’s Vineyard and in Chicago and has been featured numerous publications including Samella Lewis’s International Review of African American Art, Oprah at Home Magazine Classic Chicago Magazine and more.