FAN LEE WARREN
newest mixed media work provides a moving look into the
African-American experience. Her lifelong fascination with visual
references to African-American history, slave life, and colonization
are evident within these recent series. She enhances the historical
allusions by administering a unique procedure in which she physically
“ages” the work surface using earth, fire, and herbs before applying an
itermix of paints, pastels, and charcoal.
in Birmingham, Alabama, Warren earned her MFA from the School of the
Art Institute in 1985 and a BFA from Illinois State University in 1982.
She has been exhibiting her sculptures, drawings/paintings, and
installations for 20 years. According to art historian Constance
Cortez, Warren’s pictorial fragmentation can be linked to Robert
Rauschenberg’s work and her use of symbols relates to traditions of
representation established by Betye Saar. She has received various
grants and awards including an Oakland Creative Artist Fellowship
Grant; National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the California Arts
Council (Artist in Residence Grant); and Astraea Foundation Visual
Artist Award. The artist continues to teach painting and art history at
Laney College in Oakland, California.