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Lauren Mckenzie-Pearce

American, born 1988

Artist Lauren Mckenzie-Pearce working on her mural An Artist & A Drummer for the Cobblestone Commons mural project. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Cleveland-based artist Lauren Mckenzie-Pearce creates a vast variety of work that focuses on diversity and bridging the black and white halves of her identity. Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, the artist spends most of her time either in her studio or working on murals in her community that create conversations around identity, race, and womanhood. Using an array of materials and hues to highlight the beauty of people of color in her life, most of her work features portraits of either individuals she personally knows or are derived from her own imagination as though from a melting pot of faces. She was the first Black woman to paint a mural in the City of Cleveland.