Michelangelo Lovelace Sr.

Michelangelo Lovelace Sr.’s figurative paintings depict Cleveland’s urban fabric, combining environmental, social, and political experiences into vibrant expressions. According to Lovelace, art saved him from an uncertain future, and it continues to offer him a platform for self-preservation and expression. Works like These Urban City Streets (2013) represent inner city neighborhoods that bustle with life, depicting community parties and people going about their errands. Lovelace also reflects on themes of social justice—violence, poverty, criminal lifestyles, and racial inequality—often hinting at personal struggles and redemption.

Michelangelo Lovelace Sr. (1960, Cleveland, OH), is a painter based in Cleveland, Ohio. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms, the National Afro-American Museum and Culture Center, Wilberforce, OH (2015); American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD; Space Galleries & ClaySpace, Toledo, OH; The Cleveland Artist Foundation; Zygote Press, and Headfooter Outsider Art Gallery, all Cleveland, OH. In 2013, Lovelace was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship.