BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT (BGWP) is an ecosystem created to support and empower Black women artists by promoting positive representation, sisterhood, and community - one that Founder Sasha-Loriene always wanted as a young girl. As such, BGWP is also a platform formed by a Black woman who paints that believes in increasing our visibility so young black girls can see themselves in the art world. In doing so, BGWP empowers Black women and girls to share their art and story because when we see ourselves, we believe in ourselves and encourage others to do the same.
- Sasha-Loriene, Founder & CEO of BGWP, Owner Mahyue Studios LLC
BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT is powered by Mahyue Studios LLC, a creative agency that encourages artists to reacquaint themselves with their inner child – the child who created independent of status quo. Mahyue Studios believes artists deserve to live in their purpose, tell their own stories, and have sustainable art practices.
Sasha-Loriene - Washington, DC Metropolitan area (DMV)
Sasha-Loriene is an artist who captures her thoughts, feelings, and interpretation of the world in every piece. The goal of her art practice is to tell a story and create a personal experience that encourages viewer introspection. Sasha-Loriene uses bold colors, shapes, and subject matter to highlight the human experience and the intersectionality between identity (who we are externally), self (who we are internally), and purpose (who we are intrinsically). By focusing on her own self-discovery, she has tapped into a whimsical method of storytelling that liberates others to do the same.
As the founder of Mahyue Studioes and BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT®, she bridges together identity, self, and purpose on a larger scale, cultivating the community she needed as a young girl.
Essie King - Lafayette, LA
Essie comes to us with a marketing background in the arts nonprofit sector. It was there she discovered her passion for arts promotion and development. She hopes to continue to foster the BGWP community, increase brand awareness, and connect artists to the resources they need...
Christie Johnson - Denver, CO
Christie Jones is currently a Museum and Heritage Studies major at Arizona State University. She is an artist and writing consultant. She creates unique jewelry that expresses Blackness. She is the founder of Black Writing Project, a contemporary Black arts movement. She creates unique, custom-designed writing experiences for participants that transforms their thinking and moves them to action for positive change. Participants have the opportunity to create art that speaks to issues of social justice and create action plans to implement in the community to create sustainable change. Her goal after graduation is to grow her virtual art gallery and programming that exclusively focuses on Black art, history, and culture.
CeCe Heard - Hilliard, OH
CeCe is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. Always a lover of the arts, CeCe earned her Bachelors in English and Creative Writing while also sharing her love of poetry and creative expression with her campus and the greater St. Louis community through a slam poetry group.
CeCe aspires to use her voice to empower Black women and girls, giving them the strength and courage to create their own avenues of freedom and make this world their own.