Raymond Saunders, Artist
In this mixed-media painting, Saunders blatantly interrogates the promises of the American dream and what it meant for African Americans living in the United States during the late 1960s. The reality of the dream was influenced by restrictive housing laws, discrimination, and inflation. A definitive red line demarcates the top and bottom of the canvas, to which Saunders has added a newspaper clipping depicting a happy African American couple standing in front of an automobile. Born in Pittsburgh, Saunders received his MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts, and went on to teach at California State University in Hayward. He is currently a professor of painting at California College of the Arts, Oakland.