Black Sexuality on Canvas: I’m an Erotic Artist

I’ve been an artist since I was little. My father is a professional photographer and prompted me to explore my artistic talents from a young age by buying my art pads and craft kits. I went back and forth with being artistic throughout my school years, but was never consistent. In college, I went through a shitty breakup and saw our on-campus psychiatrist. She asked me if I still paint, and I said no. She urged me to pick it back up, as it can be a great stress reliever.

I did, and I never looked back.

I began painting emotionally driven, colorful, nonobjective pieces. They turned out beautiful, and people wanted to buy my work. I opened an online shop under my alias, Chocolate Cherri Bomb, and began to sell my paintings. I evolved over time, branching out into other mediums and subject matter.

In late 2010, I met my then boyfriend, now husband Daniel. He was a sexy thing with dreadlocks, dark skin, and a tones Caribbean body. MMM! My ex before him was his complete opposite, a dirty blond, not-so-toned, green eyed Caucasian guy, and Daniel was the first black guy I had dated since high school.

After being with him for a while, I began to have a growing appreciation for black love. Actual LOVE, not the shit you hear about in our current R&B and hip hop. Love and marriage in the black community is nowhere near as prominent and celebrated as it should be, and black women are often seen as just twerking being with fat asses. I’ll touch on that in another post.

So as an artist in a relationship, I wanted to see art that featured loving black couples, something similar to my current situation. The options were VERY slim. Why is there so much erotic and sensual art for other nationalities, but the options for blacks are nil?

Want something done right? Do it yourself.

I began sketching and painting depictions of black love, erotic pieces and loving paintings. And they became a hit!!! I loved using my own love and sensual experiences with my partner to fuel my artwork. Each painting embodied a fraction of the power and love I have for my husband, and it shows.

Some see it as raunchy, dirty, X-rated, inappropriate, pornographic… But I think our people deserve to have some artwork that appeals to us, some art that doesn’t depict us as merely sexual beings, baby mommas, or “ratchet hoes”. I give black couples and black women in my work POWER and the respect they all deserve.

So please, take a look. I still do sell my work, you can inquire kiadanielle2000@gmail.com

– K. P.

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