Raymond Saunders (born 1934) is a visual artist, with a place in American art history. Saunders works in a large variety of media, but is mainly known for work that encompasses painting and transversal media juxtaposition, sometimes bordering on the sculptural (as in Pieces of Visual Thinking, 1987) but always retaining the relation to the flat wall key to modernism in painting. http://www.wirtzgallery.com/bios/bio_saunders.html
Artist Aaron Douglas - Douglas heavily influenced by African Culture he painted for. Natural Talent plus Newly Acquired Inspiration allowed Douglas to be considered "Father of African American arts." That title led him to say," Do not call me the Father of African American Arts, for I am just a son of Africa, and paint for what inspires me." http://www.aiga.org/design-journeys-aaron-douglas/
Archibald John Motley, Jr (Oct 7, 1891, New Orleans, Louisiana – Jan 16, 1981) African-American painter. Studied painting at School of Art / Institute of Chicago graduating 1918. Most famous for colorful chronicling of African-American experience during 1920s & '30s; Considered among major contributors to Harlem Renaissance, or New Negro Movement, time in which African American art reached new heights not just N.Y. - across America. https://www.google.com/search?q=Archibald+Motley
Augusta Savage (born Augusta Christine Fells), sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a teacher and her studio was important to the careers of a rising generation of Black artists who would become nationally known, and worked for equal rights for African Americans in the arts. She became the 1st African-American artist to be elected to the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. Her most famous works include Lift Every Voice and Sing, and Gamin. R.I.P.
Mary Lovelace O’Neal (Born 1942) is an American painter. She is also Professor Emerita from the University of California at Berkeley and former Chair of the Department of Art Practice. She is also in the forefront of abstract painting today, and is on the short list of the country's greatest African-American painters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC6ltrrCqTs