Hi friends! I’m Micheala Angelena, a visual artist, and entrepreneur, currently based in Dallas, TX. I originally hale from Ferguson, MO and I am a proud alumna of the illustrious Fisk University. I work in a variety of mediums, my current favorite being acrylic paint.
My work centers around beauty in the Black community because I believe in the power of representation and shared experiences. Growing up I was deeply involved in the arts coming from a creative family. Around high school, I came to the realization that my references and learning materials lacked representation of Black people. Often only showing one to two black women in a book 30 to 40 pages thick. At the time I wanted to be a fashion illustrator so I studied fashion publications heavily. My fine art references were also lacking in melanin. I realized that I had the power to change this disparity in art through my own work. In college, I made the conscious decision to use my friends and family as my reference models for paintings and drawings. I wanted to create works that reflected their beauty back to them and anyone viewing. Far too often we are told to manipulate or shrink ourselves to meet the “standard” of beauty. I paint portraits that tell my models and viewers that they are the epitome of beauty.