Harmonia Rosales is an Afro-Cuban American artist from Chicago decolonising iconography.
Her first solo show, titled “Black Imaginary to Counter Hegemony,” was installed at the Simard Bilodeau Contemporary in Los Angeles. Rosales works rethinking and reinterpreting Renaissance masterworks by replacing Black feminism as the main subject of the painting. Since power and religion go hand on hand -she states- is also a way to report colonists ways to manipulate and control through religion.
One of her many works is The Birth of Oshun, an oil-on-canvas painting, which reimagines Sandro Botticelli’s work, Birth of Venus, by placing Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of fertility, sensuality, and prosperity, in a sea shell surrounded by black angel’s to challenge conceptions of beauty.
Another one of Rosales’s works is The Creation of God, a piece of art that went viral in 2017. In this painting, she recreates Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam by displaying both God and Adam as Black women creating the illusion of the heaven as a womb.
In her work she condemns the omnipresence of Eurocentric white figures in classic art while also challenge, and questions the reason why this collective imaginary is commonly accepted.