Faith Ringold


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Who was Faith
Ringold ? Born in New York , Faith Ringold was an
African American artist who started school in 2nd grade .
While she was at home , her mother taught her the basic
skills . She knew how to read before she went to school .
In her early childhood she use to be sick every so often ,
she could not attend school regularly ; however, her mother
use to bring her drawing books and pencils . Therefore ,
she spent most of her time drawing . So, as she grew older
and began to go to school , one day her teacher asked her
to draw a mountain. Because she was born and raised in
New York, she had never seen a mountain before;
therefore, she could not draw the mountain properly . The
professor told her " you cannot be an artist, " and she said
to the professor " yes I could and I will be artist . " She had
great internal locus of control and self-confidence . She
believed she could do it and she did it . Her mother was a
fashion designer . She was very close to her mother, and
her father was a great role model for her . He also use to
draw , in other words he inspired faith to become an artist .
Faith Ringold was a bright artist . She benefited a
scholarship in college . While in college she had the
opportunity to ship her works at an inexpensive price to sell
outside the country. 1960 she learned what African art was
as a black artist . She also learned to mix her European
training with the African art . She learned about African
designs , and African American art . Faith Ringold wrote
her stories and painted them on her works . She painted
the tradition of African art and design she drew her family \'s
every day life . Faith Ringold was an artist who justify her
culture and her existence with the black art . She expressed
who she was through her art . She had great interest for
children . She admired the courage of Harriet Tubman and
Rosa Park . Faith believed that visual art in America join
women in many directions . She hated sexism and racism .
She said that people motivated her to become an artist and
she believed that she could change the world and she could
do everything with her willingness . In many occasions she
asked people to never give up anything that appears to be
difficult to them, always try, try until they get what they
need.