ABOUT EUGENE E. WHITE:
Born in Ozan, Arkansas in 1933, White has traveled the world observing and documenting the Black experience from Nigeria to France to Chicago. He arrived in the Bay Area in 1958, and opened the first Black owned art gallery in San Francisco.
Since then, he has displayed his work at FESTAC, an international art festival in Lagos, Nigeria, received a medallion from the city of Nashville, painted murals throughout San Francisco, and published an autobiography. He still runs his gallery in the Western Addition over 50 years later.
KUJIONA means “to see one’s self” in Swahili. Eugene E. White has taken on this name to represent his art expressions. He says, “In visual art I begin with me. I related this name to my family ties and in memory of many of the beautiful people whom I have met and watched grow.” Art has the power to show the self and to preserve the heritage of the Black experience.