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Black Beauty and Love: Art by Saiyana Suzumura

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

untitled piece (framed), by Saiyana Suzumura

My name is Saiyana Suzumura, I reside in Rainier Beach. I’m nineteen years old, I am a self taught artist. The art I create is a reflection of me, my style has evolved over the course of nineteen years. I used to always and only draw anime (a Japanese style of animation) and my mom would always ask me why I never drew Black people and it was because I just never had reference to Black anime characters, you don’t really see them in anime, and when you do they are not even portrayed correctly. I began to draw more realistic looking self portraits. One day after drawing one of my friends, I just began to draw all kinds of Black women, and Black people in general, amongst other ethnics who are not portrayed beautifully in this society, but I want to capture the beauty of Black beauty and love in my art. Since drawing with my new found style I’ve explored other ways of communicating social awareness through my drawings and paintings. I want my art to empower my people:

Black love, by Saiyana Suzumura
Black is divine, by Saiyana Suzumura
Kizo Kun, by Saiyana Suzumura
untitled, by Saiyana Suzumura

© 2020 Saiyana Suzumura

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