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Malvin Gray Johnson

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Malvin Gray Johnson (January 28, 1896 – October 4, 1934) was an American painter, born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. Early life and education Gray Johnson began painting at an early age when his sister Maggie noticed his talent and gave him drawing lessons and art supplies when he was a child. His early talent led him to win first place for his artworks in contests in his hometown's annual fairs. His family later moved to New York City, where he studied art at the National Academy of Design with notable contemporary artists such as Francis Coates Jones. His time in school was interrupted by World War I where he served in the 184th Brigade, 94th Division in France. He rose to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance. He was "the youngest member of the Harlem Renaissance artists...migrated to New York with his family at an early age...where he was influenced by French Impressionism and Cubism." Career Malvin "was one of the most far-reaching and versa
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