Iona Rozeal Brown (b. 1966)
Born in 1966 in Washington, she has been living and working
in Chillum, Maryland since 2005. She
also works as a Disc Jockey.
Iona Rozeal Brown is close to the Afro-American hip-hop
culture. She was also drawn to Asian
cultures and was interested in the ganguro, young Japanese women who crimp their
hair and darken their skin to look African.
Her paintings, done in the style of colored Japanese woodcuts from the
Edo period, combine these two cultures as she depicts the ganguro women, and sometimes
men, with hip-hop elements.
Brown studied the Pratt Institute, San Francisco Art
Institute (receiving a BFA), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and
Yale University School of Art, where she received a MFA in 2002. She traveled to Asia in 2001 and then
obtained a grant in 2005 allowing her to live in Japan for half a year as a
guest artist. During her stay in Japan
she studied kabuki drama.
Her work is displayed in the Altoids Curiously Strong Art Collection, the Studio Museum in Harlem,
the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the San Francisco
House of World