John Anansa Thomas Biggers

John Anansa Biggers (1924-2001) was born and raised in North Carolina. His interest in art began with him drawing in the boiler room of the Lincoln Academy, where he was both a student and worker. These drawings were included in Biggers application to the Hampton Institute in Virginia, where he intended to study plumbing. Under professor Viktor Lowenfeld’s direction, he quickly changed his pursuits quickly shifted to art. While attending Hampton, Biggers was encouraged to express the social realities of his African American community and explore the complexities of racism. Read more