Nneka Jones


Nneka Jones is a Trinidadian-born multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Tampa, FL.. Growing up in the Caribbean, was one of the main factors that has molded Jones into the artist she is today. Her astounding love for color and special attention to detail, as influenced by her culture, have always been prominent throughout her artistic journey.

Her contemporary practice explores portraiture and symbolism across multiple media such as fiber, textiles, mixed media, paint and even public art through large-scale murals. Jones produces thought-provoking artwork that comments on social and environmental injustice; strongly advocating for the protection and celebration of women and girls of color. These are often topics that as a society can be difficult to reflect on and often uncomfortable to address but are necessary to view head-on for positive change.

Since graduating from the University of Tampa in May 2020, Jones' work has caught the eyes of Art directors in top publications like TIME where she was commissioned to produce the hand-embroidered flag that appears on the cover of the August 31st/ September 7th 2020 issue. She was also commissioned by the Washington Post to capture the history made by Vice President Kamala Harris and even appeared as a keynote speaker for Adobe MAX; emphasizing the importance of art as a vehicle for activism.

Her unique hand embroidery work has been featured in the cover artwork for Marvel Studio's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Colossal magazine, The Jealous Curator blog, The American Craft Council, Embroidery Mag UK and Domestika. With permanent collections in the Disney Art Walk, Florida Craft Art Gallery, Ferman Art Center and Tampa Museum of Art, Jones continues to broaden her professional practice and break barriers at an early stage in her career as an inspiration to other young aspiring artists.

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