John Biggers Biography

1924 -

African-American contemporary artist, John Biggers is a well-known painter and printmaker, specializing in themes related to black America.

An Educator, Author, and Mentor, John Biggers has been a major contributor to the evolution of American art and culture as well as the changing consciousness of the African American experience. With a career spanning 50 years, this prolific artist continues to document the human experience with a rich universal visual language.

In 1957, Biggers was one of the first black American artists to visit Africa, sponsored by a UNESCO fellowship. The landmark painting, "Jubilee: Ghana Harvest Festival" was created by Biggers between 1959 and 1963 and has come to represent the artistic breakthrough of this period as well as Biggers' profound vision and consummate skill.