Harmonia Rosales Created A Stunning Reimagined Image Of Michaelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" With Black Women
Chicago based artist 33-year-old, Harmonia Rosales, began her artistry at a very young age. She told Buzzfeed News,
“I've been creating art since my motor skills kicked in.”
Rosales claims creativity runs in her family as her mother is also an artist and her father a musician. She praises her parents for passing along their imaginative genes. She stated,
"Kids imitate their parents and my parents were great models for me. I repeated visuals of my mother hunched over her art table churning out illustration after illustration starting with a blank canvas and a vision of a full one. I often would crawl under my mother's art table and track her movements, her brushstrokes, her ideas, her illustrations. She would let me experiment with all her expensive oils and brushes, never once telling me what to paint or how, but letting me find my own style."
Rosales latest piece “The Creation of God” has gone viral. The piece is based on Michelangelo 's "The Creation of Adam," famously displayed in the Sistine Chapel. "I wanted to take a significant painting, a widely recognized painting that subconsciously or consciously conditions us to see white male figures as powerful and authoritative and flip the script, establish a counter narrative," she commented to Buzzfeed News.
“Replacing the white male figures — the most represented— with people I believe have been the least represented can begin to recondition our minds to accept new concepts of human value. ... If I can touch even a small group of people and empower them through the power of art, then I've succeeded in helping to change the way we see the world. ... And when you consider that all human life came out of Africa, the Garden of Eden and all, then it only makes sense to paint God as a black woman, sparking life in her own image."
Rosales' work definitely has a recurring theme: women of color.
"I paint women darker than me because I want no one to mistake who I'm representing. I paint what I know, who I identify with," she told BuzzFeed News.