Romare Bearden (1911-1988) was an American artist, activist, and writer and is best known for his depiction of African American life, particularly his inventive collages. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, he moved to Harlem in 1914. His upbringing here would become the subject matter of many of his works. For most of his life, he worked as a social worker in New York and made art in his free time. His principal medium was collage, and his work is characterized by rich textures, integrating fabric, painting, and magazine clippings. His socially conscious work focused on African American life. His work is in public collections throughout America, including the Whitney and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.