Awol Erizku in Forbes’ 30 Under 30: Art & Style
Artist Awol Erizku, 29, took one of the year’s most-viewed photos, of Beyoncé revealing she was pregnant with twins. Kneeling against a backdrop of multicolored roses and ferns, she cradles her bare, swelling midriff between blue satin panties and a gauzy black bra, a diaphanous lime green veil draped over her head. But Erizku doesn’t want the picture to define him. “I just recently started acknowledging that I took the photo,” he says. “It overshadows what I’m doing.” That includes critically acclaimed photographs challenging the dominant white aesthetic, where he restages famous paintings by artists like Vermeer and Caravaggio with black models. He’s had solo shows in New York, London, Brussels, Los Angeles and Miami.
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