Mieyoshi Ragernoir is a figurative painter and mixed media artist from Harlem, New York, and is currently studying Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mieyoshi creates celebratory paintings of the relationships between Black people; predominantly portraitures that highlight the radiance of Black women. As a Harlem native, the culturally rich style, languages, and aura of the Harlem community influence every element of the paintings. Using her paintbrush as a tool of empowerment, Black and Brown femme-identifying figures are often depicted in front of vibrantly colorful backgrounds or old streets based on Ragernoir’s childhood.
In a predominantly white and male-dominated art industry along with being the only Black femme/womxn student in Cranbrook’s Painting department, there is still very much a small presence of Black American womxn/femme-identifying artists represented within the mainstream art world and institutions. The lack of diversity and rarely seeing artists or art that reflects the communities I grew up in is the fuel that moves my paintbrush to portray the sisterhood and bonds of Black femmes. Painting people and symbolic childhood memories that reflect communities often silently ostracized from the art world, my role as a Black femme artist is to uplift the subjects of my artwork and that is highly necessary for today’s exclusive art industry.