Through her collage, painting and assemblage, LaNia Sproles responds to a lack of space for Black femme desire to authentically exist. Drawing inspiration from queer and feminist theory, the artist frequently depicts figures who are both brash and willingly vulnerable—and also embody memories of heartbreak and abandonment. While acknowledging the relationship between pain and identity, Sproles’ work explores imagery free from the boundaries of social constructs.
LaNia Sproles was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1995. The artist received a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Wisconsin in 2017.
Solo exhibitions of Sproles’ work include: Not your Frontline at the Wright Museum in Beloit, Wisconsin (2021); and a solo exhibition at the Arts Literature Lab in Madison, Wisconsin (2021). The artist’s work was shown in Who built the Burning House, a two-person exhibition at the Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2019).
Group exhibitions that have shown Sproles’ work have taken place at: Hawthorne Contemporary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2021); Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2021); School 22 Art Center in Baltimore, Maryland (2019); the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois (2018); Ann Arbor Arts Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan (2018); Women Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2017); and the Greymatter Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2017); among others.
Sproles lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.