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5 powerful mosaic designs influenced by Black history

(4 min read) It’s been 44 years since February was officially declared as Black History Month in the United States. Black people from all walks of life have helped shape communities across the country for more than four centuries. Black History Month is very much about honoring the valuable contributions Black people have made—and continue to make—in societies across the world. It’s about celebrating the determination to work towards a more inclusive society, where everyone has the opportunity to flourish.

A photograph showcasing Martin Luther King Jr.
Photograph copyright © Rowland Scherman

As the nations mark this milestone, we at Mosaics Lab have specially curated a collection of five beautiful designs, each one powerful and influenced by Black history and culture.  


Breaking barriers

Michael Jackson Portrait by Andy Warhol
Michael Jackson by Andy Warhol

American pop star Michael Jackson broke barriers for African Americans in the music industry. He was the first Black artist to a video broadcast on MTV. His radical album, Thriller, broke sales records around the world. Add a dose of Black pop culture and dynamism to your home with this portrait by innovative artist Andy Warhol. 


Black and regal

Black and regal mosaic design that features a black woman
Black and Regal. Mosaic Design — Copyright © Mosaics Lab.

There is something majestic about the Black and regal woman portrayed in this mosaic artwork. Gold accentuates her braided hair, lidded eyes, and parted lips, not to mention the gilded hoops she wears. The gilded tiles are a striking and sharp contrast to her dusky skin and the obsidian-toned background. Is she a model? A pop star? A beautiful lady walking down the street? Who knows.


Out of Africa

Mosaic artwork of a black woman by Mosaics KAb
Chloe. Mosaic Design, copyright © Eileen McDonough.


Mosaic Table Design by Mosaics Lab
Mosaic Table Design of Chloe. Mosaic Artwork, copyright © Eileen McDonough.

For this tabletop mosaic art, American artist Eileen McDonough seeks inspiration from the street mosaics of her newfound home in Lisbon, Portugal. Chloe, the woman depicted in this mosaic art, is fashionably dressed in a vibrant, multi-hued headscarf and dress that could be influenced by African cultures. Chloe looks like a confident female who is unabashed and unafraid of what other people think. 


Elegant and ebony

Elegant mosaic portrait of a black woman of a black woman by Mosaics Lab
Elegant and Ebony. Mosaic Design, copyright © Mosaics Lab.

This mosaic artwork of a Black woman adorned with black beads is mesmerizing to watch. Touches of yellow frame her downcast gaze and balance her brightly colored dress. The woman’s blue headscarf alludes to her expression. Why does the girl appear sad and worried as she clutches her beads? What is she thinking about?


Icons and iconoclasts

Handmade Mosaic design of Martin Luther King Jr. by Mosaics Lab
I Have A Dream. Handmade Mosaic design of Martin Luther King Jr., copyright © Mosaics Lab.

Last, but certainly not the least, on our list, is this mosaic art of Black historical figure Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The American pastor, civil rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner was more than a symbolic figure of American blacks. He never backed down in his stand against racism. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in particular, is among the most revered orations in the English language. 


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34 Comments

  1. Twila Hill
    February 18, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    I love all this art work it’s so beautiful. You did a great job on this blog.

  2. Heather
    February 18, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    These mosaics are all amazing! The detail is unbelievable.

  3. Rosey
    February 18, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    The gold against the dark in Black Regal is striking. I think that one is my favorite.

  4. Alexandra
    February 18, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    The mosaics specifically of the black women with gilded gold are the most striking of this list and show both the strength and elegance of them both and almost the brilliance and weight of the world they carry. Absolutely stunning.

  5. Nikki Wayne
    February 19, 2021 at 3:31 am

    I love artworks, especially if it looks this great and if I look up to the person drawn into it.

  6. yudith napitupulu
    February 19, 2021 at 4:55 am

    Whoa incredible. I love mosaic art. Elegant and Ebony, this one is amazing art. I want to get this one.

  7. Lyanna Soria
    February 19, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Those are all wonderful pieces of mosaic designs and I am loving the Black and Regal one the best.

  8. Jay Agurire
    February 19, 2021 at 10:51 am

    These mosaics are absolutely stunning. Art has such a powerful way of tying into movements and moments, and these pieces have captured Black History so well.

  9. Krysten Quiles
    February 19, 2021 at 10:52 am

    These are absolutely stunning… I feel like seeing these in person would bring tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing these powerful pieces with us.

  10. Moni
    February 19, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    I have never seen such beautiful mosaics. These are the best!

  11. Clarice
    February 19, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Wow! That mosaic table design of Chloe is so nice and chic. It is truly a work of art. I would be so happy to have a piece of these mosaic designs at home.

  12. Stephanie
    February 19, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    I have to agree with others, the Black and Regal mosaic is just stunning! The color contrasts are beautiful in that one.

  13. Claudia Blanton
    February 19, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    elegant and ebony – that one is my favorite – even though it is hard to choose a favorite of the mosaics that you have featured, all are exquisite in their own right – blessings!

  14. Emily Fata
    February 19, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    These mosaics are breath-taking! Absolutely stunning.

  15. rachel
    February 19, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I’m obsessed with all of these. So important to honor the history.

  16. Emily Terrell
    February 19, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Wow, these are amazing. I’m so very glad to see such being included in the options. To bring recognition to those of color and all they have and will accomplish!

  17. Lyosha
    February 20, 2021 at 5:07 am

    beautiful and important! I think Black History month is important and seeing it reflected in mosaic as well is wonderful

  18. denise
    February 20, 2021 at 8:25 am

    love these designs – they are beautifully done. Thank you

  19. Monica Y
    February 20, 2021 at 10:16 am

    That mosaic art is amazing, such a beautiful pieces, and very inspirational

  20. Carina Cyril
    February 20, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    These are incredibly beautiful Mosaics! Happy Black History Month!

  21. Kuntala Bhattacharya
    February 20, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    All the designs are superb as usual, but I am biased on MJ’s one as I am a big fan of him.

  22. Anzi
    February 20, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    How thoughtful! Each of these mosaic art pieces look absolutely stunning and unique 👌🏻

  23. Sami
    February 21, 2021 at 3:21 am

    These are beautiful and I like how each represents a different type of art. I really like the Black and Regal because I really like how the gold highlights the features.

  24. Kat
    February 21, 2021 at 11:18 am

    I love the Black and Regal as well as the Elegant and Ebony ones. They look so majestic and truly eye-catching. Definitely worth having.

  25. denise
    February 21, 2021 at 11:26 am

    these are absolutely remarkably made – thank you for sharing

  26. Neely
    February 21, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    These are so powerful! The out of Africa and MLK are my favorites.

  27. Twel
    February 21, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Lovely pieces of art, mosaics really gives justice to the legacy of these icons.

  28. Joyce
    February 21, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Artwork does move me in a way that I get curious about how the brain of the artist works. It amazes me just by thinking how they do everything in one wonderful piece.

  29. Anosa Malanga
    February 21, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Indeed such lovely mosaic. I love how detailed it was and of course the way it was being represented.

  30. Gladys Nava
    February 21, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    This a great article! Those arts are amazing and stunning! Thanks for sharing this!

  31. Kez
    February 22, 2021 at 6:04 am

    These are all so amazing!
    I love that most of the featured works are women too! :o)

  32. Annie Mason
    February 22, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Black history continues to be such an important topic. If we can teach through art (and as an artist I think this is paramount) then we might be able to tap down the rhetoric.
    These images are absolutely stunning. Wonderful article.

  33. Lavanda Michelle
    February 22, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Elegant and Ebony would look awesome in my home office! These are so pretty, love them?

  34. Melanie
    February 27, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Wow! These are really amazing pieces! And the fact that they are influenced by Black history and culture makes them even more interesting.