There’s a certain type of underlining pride behind the culture of natural hair. It’s more than kinks and curls, but rather a feeling of empowerment in embracing who we are. I came across Artist Ria on Instagram not too long ago and immediately fell in love. She manages to capture the feeling and soul of the natural hair culture with the stroke of a paintbrush. Her work of art exaggerates curl patterns and causes one to reflect on nostalgic moments. Gazing at a painting too long makes you want to put on Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and reflect on the state of the world. Yeah, they’re that powerful. Embodying a true sense of emotion and confidence through the characters featured in her pieces, Artist Ria is definitely a woman on the rise. Take a look at a few of my favorite pieces from her latest collection.

To purchase artwork by Artist Ria, please visit, and follow her on Instagram at Artist_Ria