Joe Okonkwo

Author of Jazz Moon:
WINNER: 2016 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Finalist: 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction

In a mood for art

I've recently fallen in love with Harlem Renaissance artist Malvin Gray Johnson

Johnson was among the youngest Harlem Renaissance artists. His work was influenced by French Impressionism, Cubism, and African sculpture. One of the first black artists to paint in the Cubist style, Johnson's work is often linked with the Symbolic Abstractionist movement. His artistic preference leaned toward portraiture.

Here is a self-portrait completed in 1934, the year he died.