The Art Angle Podcast: Genesis Tramaine on How Faith Inspires Her Art

This week, galleries editor Katie White speaks to artist Genesis Tra››¢maine about how her faith informs her colorful paintings.

Genesis Tramaine, photographed in her studio by Ashley Dennis. Courtesy of the artist.

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For centuries, Western art making centered around religious imagery. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, icons, altarpieces, and stained glass windows were regarded as meditative objects through which the faithful might reach a more profound religious transcendence.

Needless to say, the art world of 2021 is far more secular, and openly religious artists are few and far between. So, what does it mean to be a devotional artist today?

Enter Genesis Tramaine, a Brooklyn-born artist whose expressive portraits have conjured up comparisons to Jean-Michel Basquiat and even Pablo Picasso. As a child, Traimaine first started drawing during church. Today, Tramaine, who is queer, still considers herself a devout Christian. In fact, she credits her works to the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

On this week’s episode, Tramaine joins Artnet News’s galleries editor Katie White to discuss her art, her faith, and how the two are inextricably linked.


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