I am a self-taught artist fusing printmaking, photography, and multimedia storytelling into my fiber arts practice. Inspired by the sacred art and architecture of churches and cathedrals, I create contemporary iconography seasoned with Black history, music, and culture. Part autobiography, part documentary, my work is about self-discovery, history, and radical Black Joy. It is important for me to acknowledge that my ancestors are the descendants of the survivors of the Middle Passage. In my art, I hope to honor the ancestors (known and forgotten) by carrying on cultural traditions as they have manifested in my life. My work is an offering of rhythm, color, and celebration for them.
About the Artist
Rosy Petri is a mother, artist, and storyteller from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2020, Petri received the Mildred Harpole Artist of the Year award from the City of Milwaukee Arts Board and was selected as a Mary L. Nohl Emerging Artist Fellow. In 2019, as the 11th Pfister Artist in Residence, she created a space to showcase her fabric portraits, record podcast interviews, and celebrate traditions of the African diaspora. The prior year, Petri was a Milwaukee Artist Resource Network mentee under artist Della Wells. Petri’s work can be viewed in several prominent Milwaukee locations, including the Pfister Hotel, where Shavonda’s Bridal High Tea, a legacy piece, commemorates her residency; Northwestern Mutual’s Giving Gallery, where her gestural portrait series Together is featured; and at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, where her MKE WI series is installed outside the county executive’s office.
Leon is an artist residing in Philadelphia. He is the Director and Founder of 1Touch of Color, a foundation designed to foster apprenticeships with young artist in the Philadelphia region. This foundation has partnered with local galleries, the school district of Philadelphia and the department of recreation to create murals that reflect the beauty found within the lives of inner-city youth. His works of art have been exhibited in local galleries from which a portion of the proceeds have been used to fund 1 Touch of color foundation. He continues to provide workshops for youth throughout Philadelphia and exhibiting the artworks by his students. Leon’s paintings is currently being exhibited at the Lucien Crump Art Gallery and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Please feel free to browse around and view my latest and greastest paintings. Also please feel free to contact me to learn more about how you can obtain your own original paintings. Thank You and Enjoy!!!!
“My art is a synthesis of my personal emotions, the subject and colors that inspire me combined with my materials and techniques.” ~ Leon Dewitt Finney, III