We Love Art collaborates with Kadeja to celebrate and highlight the beauty of Black art.
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Kadeja is the 26-year-old illustrator and creator behind KLigg Co.
From a young age, Kadeja was surrounded by the beauty of Black art. Despite its countless styles, they all have one thing in common, ebony brown skin. Representation is crucial, and Kadeja found meaning in these masterpieces: she mattered, her skin will forever and always be a work of art.
The Black art she grew up seeing on the walls of her aunt’s house manifested in her pieces. She says, “I create images that represent Black women like me: equal parts power, wonder, and grace. I create images to inspire Black girls to design and blend colors that represent & resonate with them.”
After Covid-19 disrupted everyday life, Kadeja turned to art. She started with sketchbooks and any medium she could find. However, she felt limited by the colors available to her, especially with regard to diversity in skin tones. Once she shifted to digital art, the possibilities were endless.
One of her many pieces celebrating the beauty of Black women is Horizon. “HORIZON” is a celebration of all things summer, the mood, the colors, the vibrations. It’s the moment where the Sun seems to kiss the Earth in the evening, after shedding light & love throughout the day.”
As a Black woman living in America, The Black Lives Matter Movement is ingrained into Kadeja’s very being. In all that she does, she aims to affirm and acknowledge the beauty within her people.
When Kadeja joined We Love Art’s Recognize campaign, aimed to celebrate diverse artists and art, she expressed that the world-wide support in this moment is “truly breathtaking and revolutionary”.
“Connecting with a community over 7,000 miles away is mind-blowing!” In line with this campaign, We Love Art financially supports The Movement for Black Lives.
Kadeja hopes that this collaboration “inspires us all to recognize the power of connection, as we continue to push towards a world that recognizes the beauty in ALL people”.