Painter Jacqueline Gopie was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and now lives and works in Coral Gables, Florida. Her work confronts and challenges negative race-based media depictions of Black and Brown people. Upon retiring after a 21-year career in the United States Army, she began painting in 2002 when she attended the University of Miami, where she earned a BFA in 2005 and an MFA in painting in 2012. She credits much of her success as a painter to her professor and mentor, Walter Darby Bannard. She is a 2016 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant.
Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2019
Emerging Artist Grant, 2016
Images of Black people have been adversely manipulated for so long. By using images of Black children enjoying seaside leisure and play as a gateway to empathy, I provoke the viewer to consider their own multi-layered notions of race without force-feeding them a specific narrative. Hopefully, this will change perceptions of race by rewiring learned negative responses into positive ones—one image at a time, one mind at a time.”