Magical realism, beauty, and love of color: Robyn Thompson Duong’s work evokes pride in Black culture and the spirit of femininity. Drawing inspiration from art history and challenging the societal perceptions and stereotypes of Black femininity and beauty, Robyn depicts women of color as Mother Goddess — grand, graceful, and beautiful. Robyn’s work seeks to reappropriate the Black female image and what it means to be a woman of color.
Primarily a figurative artist, Robyn Thompson Duong works in acrylics in her New England art studio. As a black woman raised in the suburbs of Boston, often being the only person of color in her circle growing up, Robyn knows the importance of representation and seeing oneself in the images and people around you, hence her work depicting women of color as the main subjects of her paintings.
Robyn studied visual art at Syracuse University, earning a BFA in 2002. She then went on to earn an MEd from Lesley University. Combining her passion for art with her love of teaching, Robyn has been an artist educator in both private and public institutions. Robyn was named the Museum of Fine Arts Emerging Artist Fellow for 2020, Art and Business Council’s Creative Entrepreneur Fellow for 2021, and Mass MOCA Residency Fellow for 2021.
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