Howardena Lindell is an abstract artist, activist, writer and educator working out of New York City. In her artwork, she challenges propaganda and fights racism and injustice. She is also concerned with identity and cultural heritage. Her work is highly personal as she records her own struggles as an African America woman trying to find her sense of self in a society where overt and subtle discrimination conflict with individualism and equality. Her career has been prolific, not only in terms of her art-making, but also as a writer.
For many years she has been an activist in the art community. Since the 1970s, she has published groundbreaking studies that document the lack of representation of artists of color in the major museums and galleries. She has written numerous articles attacking censorship, racism and violence.