Michon Sanders

Michon Sanders uses photos from her personal family archive to create narrative paintings of vulnerability, honesty and candor. The artist’s work depicts transitional moments in Black life—not their spectacle or aftermath—where moves are negotiated, connections are made and thoughts are collected. Michon Sanders’s paintings respond to the proliferation of mass media images of Black communities in distress by representing the artist’s personal experience of Blackness.


Michon Sanders was born in Michigan and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. The artist received a BFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland in 2021. 

A solo exhibition of Sanders’s work took place at Friends Indeed Gallery in San Francisco, California (2022).

Sanders won the AXA Art Prize juried by Julia Chiang, Erik Parker, Laurie Simmons and Salman Toor. The artist received a scholarship to Anderson Ranch in Colorado.

Sanders currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where she is pursuing an MFA at the University of Southern California.