A Vivid Legacy of African-American Art

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (1940-2015) lived in Columbus, Ohio. Aminah created a style that defies customary artistic categories by blending the folk traditions she learned as a child from her parents and the formal training she received in art school, equally informed by her wide travels, deep research and unbounded curiosity. Most profoundly, she believed that she was the bridge between her African ancestors and the future.  Through elegant pen and ink drawings, layered cloth paintings, bold woodcuts, sculptures embellished with cloth, buttons, shells, music boxes, and RagGonNons (complex, mixed media works of art that take years to research and create), she vividly recreated the physical and imagined “realities” of her Columbus OH, neighborhoods, her father’s Sapelo Island (GA) community, and the worlds she experienced and researched through her trips to Africa, Israel, Chile, and New York City. Here we see a small portion of her prolific creativity drawn from the range of her artistic and geographic adventures. Aminah Robinson was awarded the Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in the category of Individual Artist by the Ohio Arts Council. See a sample of Aminah’s work’s here