Ariel Dannielle is an African American painter born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from the University of West Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Drawing directly from her life, Ariel creates large-scale paintings that depict the daily experiences of young Black women. She believes in the importance of her artwork to provide new lenses through which Black womanhood can be represented, understood, and related to.
Influenced by the work of Kerry James Marshall and Alie Neel, Ariel believes strongly in the power of portraiture. She focuses on developing personal narratives within her portraits that challenge gender and racial stereotypes. By placing herself in her paintings she opens a door to her welcome views to participate in a process of introspection.
Ariel's work has been showcased at California African American Museum, Mint AT, The Goat Farm, ZucCot Gallery, Dalton Gallery, TILA Studios, Trio Contemporary Art Gallery, and Perez Museum Miami. She was a MOCA Ga Working Artist Fellow of 2019/20 and was a semi-finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2018, an Artadia 2018 finalist, and has been featured in The Studio Museum Magazine, Voyage ATL, Sorjo Magazine, mentioned in The New York Times, and featured on the cover of the CAAM Summer Catalog 2019.