Elizabeth Catlett Bio

Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012) was a graphic artist and sculptor known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century. Incorporating figuration and abstraction, her work combined Modernist, African, and Mexican art traditions and addressed the female experience, as well as race, gender, and class. Raised in Washington, D.C, she was the grandchild of freed slaves, and devoted her life to art and teaching.