Ebony Iman Dallas is an award-winning artist, writer and founder of Afrikanation Artists Organization.

Her artwork primarily addresses social, political and cultural issues.

Ebony received her BA Advertising and Art degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, then went on to work at Carol H. Williams Advertising in Oakland, California as an art director.  

She earned her MFA Design degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. Her thesis titled "Painted Bridges," explored ways to unify diverse populations within the African diaspora through art and design. This was an effort to promote collaboration and solution-finding to joint challenges amongst them. As a result, Afrikanation Artists Organization was founded as a non-profit, NGO based Hargeisa, Somaliland/Somalia and a 501(c)3 in the United States.

Ebony’s artwork was featured on Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible as a part of the renovation of Urban Roots in historic Deep Deuce. She was also featured artist in the Romare Bearden Centennial Celebration in New York and is a proud graduate of the 2013 Leadership Arts class and ArtistINC.

She previously worked as a Creative Designer at The Oklahoman Media Company and is currently an adjunct professor for the African and African American Studies Program at The University of Oklahoma.

artist statement

“I am a storyteller, a painter, a muralist, and founder of Afrikanation Artists Organization. Inspired by travel and individual tales of resilience — I paint to encourage hope in others while amplifying voices through representation. My paintings often feature characters adorned with intricate, colorful wings reminiscent of a butterfly. These wings represent internal beauty radiating out for the world to see and challenge ideas of what it means to be beautiful, strong, and resilient. Combining rich, fiery hues with whimsical forms is how I bring the energy and spirit of my subjects to life. With a focus on authenticity and progress, my work takes form organically with each line determining the shape and direction of the next. This process has brought forth results that were unexpected and true on a subconscious, spiritual level.”

2-min documentary by Jordan Martin - IG: @thehumanlens