Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem on October 8, 1930.
Ringgold grew up in Harlem. Experiencing her first asthma attack at the age of two, she never went to kindergarten or most of the first grade due to her asthma. Faith and her mother spent much time together, a closeness that would continue through her lifetime.
Mother 's Quilt 1983, Acrylic on canvas, dyed, painted and pieced fabric 58 x 43.5", Private Collection
Faith Ringgold, began her artistic career more than 35 years ago as a painter.
The American People Series #1: Between Friends 1963,Oil on canvas, 40 x 24" ACA Galleries, New York From the Series: American People
Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts -- art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling.
The Dinner Quilt, 1986, Acrylic on canvas, fabric border 48.5 x 66”, Private Collection
The USA Europe the USA Europe South America Asia Africa the Middle East South America Asia Africa the Middle East She has exhibited in major museums in:
She is in the permanent collection of many museums, including: the Studio Museum in Harlem the Guggenheim MuseumThe Metropolitan Museum of Artthe Museum of Modern Art
Her first book, Tar Beach won numerous honors, including: Caldecott Honor Book the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration
Tar Beach 1988, Acrylic on canvas, tie-dyed, pieced fabric border 74 x 69” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Faith Ringgold’s Achievements wrote and illustrated eleven children's books Won more than 75 awards, fellowships, citations and honors the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting two National Endowment for the Arts Awards seventeen honorary doctorates a professor of art at the University of California in San Diego,
Church Picnic 1988 Acrylic on canvas, fabric border 74 x 69 " The High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Faith Ringgold’s family married to Burdette Ringgold has two daughters, Michele and Barbara Wallace three granddaughters, Faith, Theodora and Martha.
The American People Series #2: For Members Only 1963 Oil on canvas 36 x 40" Collection of the Artist From the Series: American People
The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles 1991 Acrylic on canvas, tie- dyed, pieced fabric border 74 x 80" From the Series: The French Collection Part I; #4 Private Collection Look carefully at the quilt. Can you find Vincent Van Gogh?
Faith Ringgold's art sends a messages about things that are important to African-American women. Her images are enjoyable to many people because of her use of whimsical, bright- colored images that are presented in a traditional mediums such as quilts, dolls, and story-telling.
Le Cafe des Artistes 1994, Acrylic on canvas, tie-dyed, pieced fabric border, 79.5 x 90" From the Series: The French Collection Part II; #11, Private Collection
Wanted: Douglas, Tubman and Truth 1997 Acrylic on canvas; painted and pieced border 77 x 82.25" Private Collection From the Series: The American Collection; #10
Faith Ringgold’s Education 1948, graduated from Morris High School in the Bronx City College in New York, registered in the School of Education majoring in Art and Minoring in education Many instructors tried to discourage her from being an artist. This made Ringgold only more determined.
Sonny's Quilt 1986 Acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border 84.5 x 60" Private Collection
Faith graduated from City College with a B.S. in Fine Art in 1955 and got a job teaching in the New York City Public School system at Junior High School #136 in Harlem. In 1959 she then completed her Master's degree in Art at City College(Ringgold 55).
The Black Light Series: The American Spectrum 1969, Oil on canvas,18 x 72" Collection: Chase Manhattan Bank, New York From the Series: Black Light
Faith Ringgold, her mother Willa Posey and Faith's two daughters Michele and Barbara took their first trip to Europe in 1961, to tour the museums of Paris, Nice, Florence, and Rome. Faith wrote, " somehow I felt that being in Europe--where Picasso, Matisse, Monet and other great painters had lived-- would lead me to the answer" (Ringgold 131). The answer to her question of whether she could be an artist or not.
Dancing at the Louvre 1991, Acrylic on canvas, tie-dyed, pieced fabric border 73.5 x 80”, From the Series: The French Collection Part I; #1 Private Collection
In the early 60's Ringgold was trying to get gallery representation and involvement in the New York art community. Romare Bearden included her in a group show entitled Art of the American Negro curated by him in 1966. This was her first gallery appearance (Ringgold 150).
Bessie's Blues 1997 Acrylic on canvas; painted and pieced border 74.5 x 79.5" ACA Galleries, New York From the Series: The American Collection; #5
Ringgold looked for a gallery on the prestigious East 57th Street area but none were showing the work of Black women artists. Jacob Lawrence, represented by ACA Galleries, was the only black artist to be shown in this area (Ringgold 143).
Coming to Jones Road #1 1999, Acrylic on canvas with pieced border, 57 x 87" ACA Galleries, New York, From the Series: Coming to Jones Road
Faith was invited to join Spectrum Gallery in 1960 a co-op gallery run by Robert Newman, a poet and critic. There were 20 artists involved in the gallery--only 5 were women and Ringgold was the only black artist (Ringgold 155).
Ringgold started her first mature work in 1963, the American People Series. With a style she termed SuperRealism. Ringgold describes the style, "the idea was to make a statement in my art about the Civil Rights Movement and what was happening to Black people in America at the time, and to make it super-real" (Ringgold 144). American People had been about complicated interrelations of black and white people stuggling with fear and inequality (Ringgold 173
The American People Series #8: The In Crowd 1964, Oil on canvas, 48 x 26" ACA Galleries, New York,From the Series: American People