11 More Black Artists We’re Following on Instagram

We asked, you answered. After the reposts, tags and direct messages we got from our post on Wednesday, we’re excited to share another list of Black artists you should be following on Instagram. These singers, illustrators, photographers, models, and creators are building the culture of our city—let’s build them up, too.

More on Monday. #BlackLivesMatter


Graphic designer, video editor, animator, creative director and photographer Ariella Horvath was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and raised on the Canadian west coast. She was nominated for best fashion photographer at the African Fashion and Arts Movement Awards, and is the creative director for Black Women Connect Vancouver. “Everything I see is a form of art, from the debit machine, to Victorian architecture, to an iPhone selfie,” says Horvath. Her work is all about positivity, movement, and vibrancy. You can connect with her at ariellailona.com.
She’s the creative director behind the header image in this post—check out the work of models Bakayoko Mamoud, Faith Aziz, Braydon Jordheim, and Sahara Davis, as well as makeup artist Trinay (included in this post), and photographers David Markwei (included in this post), Michael OyaroTolu Olaku, and @christibana.


You can find Sade Awele’s award-winning tunes at sadeawele.com.  The Nigerian-Canadian singer’s music ranges from afro-soul and conscious alternative R&B to neo-soul and contemporary R&B. Her latest series of singles include “Count on Me,” “Nigerian Born,” and “Apple Pie.” Follow her now; there’s new music coming soon.

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Kjaer Neletia Pedersen sells her freehand-cut garments online at komeclothing.ca and at major BC markets like Circle Craft, Out Of Hand, and the Filberg. Her one-of-a-kind wares are made in her studio in North Vancouver. The jackets fit every body, and Pedersen says her customers find it tough to pick their favourite—there’s too much good stuff.


Trinay is a hair and makeup artist specializing in hair braiding. She works out of Ammerose Hair, a multicultural hair salon in Yaletown. She’s recently started directing and organizing her own editorial photoshoots and will have next week’s shoot featured on her profile soon—don’t miss it.


Artist Dorcas Markwei is originally from Ghana, but now makes Vancouver her home. Her fashion illustrations focus on relatable, authentic characters. She’s got a BBA in business management, a diploma in fashion design, and is going back to school this year to study digital print and publishing (woot woot). You can find her work at lynsowcreative.com.