The Shape of Blackness : Artists


Aaron Beitia

“As we begin to enter the second decade of the second millennium the shape of blackness is “AfroFuturism,” which is the quality or state of being black to develop a culture or philosophy of science, aesthetic and history that explores the developing intersection of African culture with technology.”

Aaron Beitia is a muralist, body artist and painter based out of Oakland, California. Drawing from his African-American and Puerto Rican heritage, his perspective is distinctive and vibrant. With a desire to get real world experience, Beitia sought education in the form of travel, mentorship, and relationship building. He is interested in shaping culture through avenues of multimedia.

Betitia’s compositions are intuitive and often seeks to reflect the culture, moments throughout history, and realities that shape his communities. His artistic practice centers on creating empowering representations of local natives. He works between the street and studio, using mediums from acrylic paint to aerosol. Beitia has produced gallery work and murals throughout California and Charlotte, North Carolina.


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