LATOYA M. HOBBS
LaToya M. Hobbs uses portraits to explore the intersection of race, beauty, an identity concerning the women of african descent. She does so with knowledge that visual image influence the psychological framework upon which identity is established.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Exhibitions and Awards: LaToya M. Hobbs has exhibited widely throughout the US, from galleries and museums in Baltimore, Texas, and Arkansas, to art fairs such as the Prizm Art Fair during Art Basel Week in Miami FL. She has won multiple awards, such as the Artist Travel Prize, Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City and Individual Artist Awards, Works on Paper, Maryland State Arts Council.
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LaToya facilitates an ongoing dialog about the Black Female Body in hopes to produce a more balanced perception of Black womanhood that dismantles prevailing stereotypes. In addition to painting, relief printmaking encompasses a significant part of her practice. The act of cutting away from her matrix (the surface of the wood or linoleum block) to shape an image is synonymous with the way one has to cut away negative ideologies imposed on them by others to expose or embrace their true selves. In this same sense, Black women have had to cut away the negative stereotypes imposed on them by external forces to express their true identity.