An African American, Bearden was a much loved collage artist. His work describes life in Harlem and the South, the music, both blues and jazz of the time with color and joy! This kind of collage, which looks so casual and easy is so, so hard. Born in 1911 to college educated parents (not common at the time), he lived a long life mostly in Harlem. He died in the late 1980’s. “Black art has always existed. It just hasn't been looked for in the right places."