The Creative Power and Afrofuturism of Katia Herrera

© Katia Herrara

Katia Herrera is a 20 year-old digital collage creative from the noisy city Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

© Katia Herrara

Despite Herrera being a self-proclaimed introvert, her artwork is remarkably loud in a world trying to quiet Black voices. With titles like Black Woman, You Own the Moon, Earth Goddess, Forever, and Universe Protector, Herrera’s legacy will be marked by her passion for highlighting the endurance and perseverance of Black folks of old and present to contrast the narrative that Black skin should only be associated with slavery.

© Katia Herrara

One of her most lovely and vivaciously titled works, Universe Protector, portrays the Black soul as a divine entity full of strength, power, and greatness. In her youth, her love of graphic design was stimulated by her parents’ artistry and the Photoshop they had downloaded on their computer for their professional photography.

© Katia Herrara

Herrera is currently delving into the world of Afrofurism and will be posting on the subject very soon on her Instagram @creativepowerr_. Her Instagram name was inspired by two songs, Powerful by Major Lazer and Power by Kat Graham. Some of the artists who empower her to be her most authentic self are Manzel Bowman, Temi Coker, Eddaviel, and Jeff Manning, and if you were a fly on her wall, you could likely find her jamming out to EDM (specifically dubstep), Belgian-sensation Stromae, MHD, and Mr. Earl Eazi.

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