December 2020 Exhibition by Thato Mwosa

Thato Mwosa is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and illustrator who is known for creating black ballerinas. Thato was inspired to make her own illustrations after finding that black/brown ballerina art was scarce while trying to decorate the bedroom of her daughter, Tuli. The result is an array of ballerina silhouettes in different poses wearing bold and vibrant costumes. The ballerina silhouettes represent young girls of any color.  Thato’s Afrik Art series features black women wearing bold and vibrant Afrocentric fabric. She captures the beauty of a modern cosmopolitan Afrocentric woman who is sophisticated, fierce and is not afraid of expressing herself in bold color. The designs are intricate patterns that embody the Afropolitan essence. The animal series is specifically created for kids or nursery room décor. The illustrations are often in bold contrasting colors, which create a compelling palate.

Thato was twice the Artist of the Month (2016 and 2019) at the Wortiz Gallery in Milton. Her art has graced the walls of Dot to Dot Cafe and Dudley Cafe. She was the featured artist at the annual The Urban Nutcracker produced by the Tony Williams Dance Center.

Thato is currently a Film and Visual Arts teacher at Brookline High School. She has a degree in TV/Video Production from Emerson College and an MFA in Writing for the Stage from Lesley University.

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