19 Facts About Aminah Robinson


Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson was an American artist who represented Black history through art.

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Aminah Robinson's was raised within the close-knit community of Poindexter Village, one of the country's first federally funded metropolitan housing developments.

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Aminah Robinson's was heavily inspired by her parents, Leroy Robinson and Helen Zimmerman-Robinson, who were both artists.

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Aminah Robinson insisted that she listen to music, read literature, and create art every day.

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Aminah Robinson taught her his own creation of a mud-like substance called HawgMawg, a medium she often incorporates into her art.

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At 9 years old, Aminah Robinson was already deep in “transforming and recording the culture of [her] people into works of art”, and since then she has devoted her life to it.

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Aminah Robinson's developed the habit of recording information through sketchbooks, journals and drawings to retain the information that fueled her work.

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Aminah Robinson's created RagGonNon's, long pieces of fabric filled with diverse materials.

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Aminah Robinson produced art to record the missing pieces of Black history that were lost during slavery.

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Aminah Robinson transformed her ancestors' experiences of Black suffering and perseverance into art.

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Aminah Robinson worked tirelessly on the civil rights movement in the 1950s and participated in the 1963 March on Washington that advocated for African American rights.

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Aminah Robinson included several diverse mediums into her work, including different fabrics, snakeskin, buttons, HowMawg and any commercial art supplies.

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Aminah Robinson's used beads and shells to demonstrate the connection to Black history, and added music boxes into RagGonNons to bring them to life.

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Aminah Robinson's took pride in her identity; Deidre Hamlar, the co-curator of Columbus Museum of Art said that "when most Black people [were] trying to assimilate and fit in, she definitely was not that person".

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On her trip to Africa in 1979, Robinson was christened with the name "Aminah" by an Egyptian cleric.

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Aminah Robinson's changed her name legally to include the forename in 1980.

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Aminah Robinson worked day in and day out, she was "up with the sun, down late at night, sleeping only a few hours before starting again".

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In 1984, Aminah Robinson received the Ohio Governor's Award for the Visual Arts.

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Aminah Robinson's left all her belongings to the Columbus Museum of Art.

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