Recognized as one of Georgia's greatest artists, Benny Andrews drew acclaim for the deeply moving folk art he created in a career spanning six decades. Born into a family of sharecroppers in the small community of Plainview, Georgia, Andrews experienced firsthand the plight of the poor farmer, which he often depicted in his work. One of Andrews' greatest artistic influences was his father George, who was a renowned folk artist known as the "Dot Man." While working on the family farm, Benny Andrews walked daily to nearby Madison to attend school and was the first member of his family to graduate from high school.
Andrews went on to attend the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a bachelor's degree in fine arts. During his college years he developed a unique style, which includes elements from abstract expressionism and surrealism. After graduating from college in 1958 Andrews moved to New York and taught at Queens College for 29 years. Always the activist, Andrews fought for the rights of minority and women artists, prisoners, children and the disabled. His concern was to create not only an awareness of injustice but to help individuals realize their true potential through first developing a belief in themselves.
Benny Andrews passed away in November 2006. Through his art and activism, he has left an enduring legacy for future generations.
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