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iona rozeal brown (artist)



Born and raised in Washington, DC, iona rozeal brown currently lives and works in New York. She received a BS in kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1991; a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999, and an MFA in painting from the Yale University School of Art in 2002. iona rozeal brown re-creates and remixes art history to question cultural and racial stereotypes and to examine colliding cultures. Her paintings blend the style and imagery of Japanese woodblock prints of the Edo period with elements of African American hip-hop culture.

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Rozeal is a contemporary American artist known for her colourful and complex cross cultural painting technique. She best known for her narrative canvases commenting on cultural, racial and sexual identity. A large part of her work touches on the differences between appropriation and appreciation. Ultimately, Rozeals work and portrayal of pornographic prints illustrates a set of politically powerful messages.