Soraya Jean-Louis

New Orleans, Louisiana

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Soraya Jean-Louis

Soraya wears a gray felt hat, gold hoop earrings, septum hoop, and glasses. She has long blonde-brown thin dreadlocks, and medium dark skin.

Soraya Jean​-Louis is a Haitian born, Harlem and Brooklyn raised, mixed media queer womanist artist conjurer and healer currently living and loving in New Orleans. Her deep love of Black women and families, motherhood, nature, wildcrafting, Black Feminist Futurisms, comics/graphic novels, and the African Diaspora are central themes in her work. Soraya’s work as an organizer, mentor, counselor, doula, teaching artist, and medical anthropologist focusing on women’s health and African folklore strengthen her commitment to resisting oppression and facilitating healing through imaginative creative/art activism and education as a dedicated artist. Soraya has participated in several group exhibits in various New Orleans cultural institutions including the New Orleans African American Museum, McKenna Museum of African American Art, The JuJu Bag, Antenna Gallery, The Jazz and Heritage Gallery, and a solo show at Café Rose Nicaud and Backatown Coffee Parlour. Her works have been used in zines, books, and promotional materials.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2023

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As a lifelong learner and curious being, I employ a variety of skills and modalities to build my intentional creative practices by utilizing my wholeness and lived experiences. Every aspect of my life and existing is a wellspring of creative possibilities. My work is cultivated through spirit-led, ancestral, intuitive, and cultural intersectionalities.”