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Elizabeth Catlett was an African- American sculptor and graphic artist. Elizabeth Catlett was born in Washington D.C. in the year 1915. Her grandparents were freed slaves. Her dad was a professor at the Tuskegee Institute but he passed before she was born.

Catlett attended Howard University, a traditionally Afrcian- American university located in Washington D.C., where she earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to post graduate studies at the University of Iowa located in Iowa City.

Below Elizabeth Catlett talks about the difficulty of receiving her M.F.A. Catlett often faced barriers for being an Afican- American woman:

The artist was also an outstanding teacher at the collegiate level. Catlett taught at what is now called the Faculty for Arts and Design located in Mexico City.

In this clip some fantastic works by Elizabeth Catlett:

Catlett’s style was a blend of figurate work, modernism, and abstraction. After moving to Mexico the artist wanted to become involved in politics. She did this by creating prints to address subjects she cared about deeply, with those who couldn’t read.

Price range information: The artist worked as a sculptor with terra cotta, bronze, and marble. Catlett also created many prints and silkscreens. Works range from $5,000 to $200,000.

Elizabeth Catlett passed away in 2012. She was 96 years of age.

What an extraordinary artist! Like Diego Rivera she helped to spread the word about government and social justice through her art.