Romare Bearden was an African-American artist and one of the leading influencers in the world of art during his time. He was born on September 2, 1911, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
During his brilliant career, Romare was well known in the art world for his explicit collages and photomontages. He was a cartoonist for Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, and New Yorker had over thirteen exhibitions and received more than fifteen honors. Most of his works were based on the concept of African-American unity and cooperation. He played a part in laying the foundation of The Studio Museum of Harlem, was a consultant to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and served as one of the founding members of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
He died on March 12, 1988, in New York City from colon cancer. His funeral was held at the Cathedral of St. John Divine in West Harlem.