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February 15, 2018

#JamaicaBID Black History: Malvin Gray Johnson

Malvin Gray Johnson - African American Painter

Malvin Gray Johnson Self Portrait 1934 Smithosonian Smithsonian_American_Art_Museum

#JamaicaBID Black History: Malvin Gray Johnson - Malvin Gray Johnson (28 January 1896 – 1934) was an African-American painter, born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. Escaping from an impoverished childhood, Johnson moved North to study at the National Academy of Design, he became an accomplished and celebrated artist, best known for his work in abstract symbolism. He lived to be 38 years old.

Self Portrait painting by Malvin Gray Johnson in the H. Harmon Collection, National Archives, College Park, Maryland.

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