Pontella Mason: Staying True To His African Self

The Baltimore Renaissance

pontella Painter Pontella Mason

Pontella Mason is perhaps one of the most unsung visual artists from Baltimore.MD. He has created murals for the Anacostia Community Museum, (former) President Jimmy Carter,  Kurt Schmoke and several public and private organizations. He was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and attended Baltimore City College High School. He graduated from the New York City School of Visual Arts (SVA) and began painting murals throughout Baltimore City, beginning in 1974. He is best known for his collaboration with James Voshell entitled “The Checker Players” (1975), at Edmondson Avenue and Franklintown Road. The building portraying the mural has since been torn down. Mason’s technical ability and subject matter earned him a full fellowship from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting. He graduated in 1979 and has since, been creating extraordinary images of African-American life and the Diaspora. Not…

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