royal art series: visual artist & illustrator kenal louis immortalizes black celebs in futuristic portraits

September 21, 2016

Afrofuturism is alive and well in the internet age, thanks in part to digital illustrators and visual artists like Kenal Louis. In his Royal Art Series, he takes the celebrities we know and love and paints them against the backdrop of the galaxy. From Willow Smith and FKA Twigs, to Kevin Hart & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he highlights the golden and bronze in each subject’s skin tone and surrounds with symbols that reflect their work. Be on the lookout for more additions to the series on his social media included below.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

Willow Smith


Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys

Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart

FKA Twigs

Miguel & Nazanin

Two Brothers, Two Kings


Beauty Queen Tia

Zoe Kravitz

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