An’Angelia Thompson was born and raised in northern Ohio, and continues to reside in the greater Cleveland area with her husband, Keith,
and sons, Nicholas and Michael. She displayed artistic talent from an early age and spent childhood summers participating in local art
programs. She developed a strong appreciation for artists from every genre, including Monet, Matisse, Renoir, Van Gogh, Modigliani,
Picasso, and Cezanne. She was heavily influenced by the pure, rich colors of the 60s and the artists who used them, such as Peter Max,
Andy Warhol, and graffiti artist, Jean -Michele Basquiat. Those influences remain evident in her work today.
One can not see artwork by An’Angelia and ignore it. The bold colors of her work vibrate off each other and burst from the canvas
demanding attention. Like the artist herself, there is nothing timid about her work. Her “smack you in the face” commentaries are infused
with humor and tenderness, metaphor and symbolism. When asked about her use of color and style of painting, An’Angelia flashes a
mischievous smile and has this to say about her work:
“I paint what I’m passionate about. Many times I start with an idea for a painting and it evolves into something else. I don’t create art so
much as art creates me. I have always been drawn to pure, saturated colors. As a child, I would spend hours arranging and rearranging my
crayons in different color combinations. It was like experimenting with musical chords.”
An’Angelia’s work has been displayed at galleries throughout Northeastern Ohio and Michigan. She was Cleveland’s Fox 8 Featured Artist of
the Week and she designed and created The 2008 Woman of Achievement Awards for Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, OH. Her
latest projects include a large mural at The Department of Labor’s Job Corp Center in Collinwood, OH. Her work is currently on display at
Lakeland Community College where she also teaches creative journaling workshops. She is a member of The Professional Women’s Institute.