Beardens banner is a portrait of Prince Cinque, an African Prince who was taken into slavery and led a slave revolt. As such he represents not only the black spirit but also the best of the American spirit that refuses to accept less than the best as a human condition. His works have been shown since the forties, when his paintings were included in several major exhibitions. Since then he has had an uninterrupted series of shows at virtually every major American museum from coast to coast. His works are in numerous major public, private, and corporate collections. He and his work are the subjects of many monographs and articles, as well as of a recent book, The Art of Romare Bearden, published by Harry Abrams.
Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1914. He studied at New York University and the Art Students League in New York. He died in 1988.