American artist who painted during the Harlem Renaissance and was the only African-American female painter to become famous abroad in the 1930s and 1940s.
She took classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and worked in costume design.
She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London in the early 1960s.
Her father worked as a building superintendent and lawyer and her mother was a cosmetologist.
She was close friends with author Dorothy West.