Artist Statement

Kwanzaa Edwards is a painter and illustrator, who currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. Her work depicts the female figure in otherworldly realms, presenting them alongside a psychological situation. 

Her beautiful characters are placed unapologetically in their respective universes. These are settings for which the constraints of logic does not exist therefore anything is possible. These women are painted on wood panels using washes of ink as to allow the wood grain to be seen through the paint, adding a visual emphasis to the feeling of strength. The confidence and strength shown in Kwanzaa’s ladies draw the viewer into their world, placing the viewer in the same frame of mind. Pop-surrealism, anime and American comics are some of the creative influences in her work. Using these elements, she paints women who can be erotic yet not afraid of confrontation.