Beyond Beyoncé Fame, Awol Erizku Expands What Black Art Can Be

Robin Pogrebin for New York Times

LOS ANGELES — True, Awol Erizku may be best known for his beatific photograph of a pregnant ​​Beyoncé, which in 2017 was the most liked post in Instagram’s history. And Erizku has taken many other memorable images of celebrities, including the young inauguration poet Amanda Gorman for the cover of Time and the “Black Panther” actor Michael B. Jordan for GQ.


But in a recent interview at his sprawling studio in Downtown Los Angeles, Erizku, 33 — wearing Dr. Martens on his feet and a floppy hat over his dreadlocks, as the Ethiopian pianist Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou played on the speakers — said he considers himself first an artist, one who also works in painting, sculpture and video installation.

March 8, 2022