Sargent Claude Johnson (1888-1967)
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Sargent Claude Johnson was an African American artist who is well known for his theme of Abstract Figurative and Early Modern styles. Johnson worked with a variety of mediums from paint to printmaking to sculpture. Johnson went to California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) from 1919 to 1923. In 1926, Johnson began showing his work at Harmon Foundation of New York. After he won numerous awards from the Harmon Foundation, the Federal Arts Project commissioned him in 1930. After traveling to places such as Oaxaca and Southern Mexico, Johnson started incorporating indigenous cultures and archeology into his sculptures.