Shanequa Gay, an Atlanta native, is known for her paintings that challenge the violence and injustices committed against the black body both in the U.S. and globally. Her current body of work explores the tensions found within systemic codes in which black males, in particular, are hunted, sexualized, feared, and imprisoned, yet are also seen as aspirational figures. Welding deeply political statements, mythology, and black bodies into paintings, toile designs and found objects, she critiques the use of the black body, and the control of that body, for decorative purposes.
Shanequa is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and has exhibited her work at such venues as the Chattanooga African American Museum, the Hammonds House Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Emory University, Wofford College and Atlanta Contemporary. Her work is included in public and private collections, including that of actor Samuel L. Jackson and SCAD Hong Kong.