Born in New York City and currently residing in St. Louis, MO, Uruba is a professional artist whose focus is abstractions. Her use of custom textures and acrylic colors enables her to portray visions with commanding depth. Uruba’s passion for becoming an artist was put on hold for over 20 years as she was completely engrossed with her role as wife and mother of four.
Now with an empty nest, she has found the time and attention to focus her spirit and energy into her creative works.
In 2013, she was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. She found that her uses of receptive meditation and reflection allowed her to accurately reflect her emotions, experience and power to flow through colors, texture, and meaning that flow onto the canvas.
This process was therapeutic and by December 2018 she had painted that aneurysm away, which was to the awe and surprise of her Physicians.
In that time Uruba has amassed a catalogue of original masterpieces that can never be duplicated, her art is not about defined patterns it is purely from the inside out! Each work is created with colors, texture , and acrylic created by her personally developed sponging technique none of her pieces follow a defined plan or pattern.
"7 Contemporary Black Women Painters To Watch"
By Daria Simone Harper
"Uruba Slaughter’s captivating abstract paintings remind viewers of the important role Black artists play in the field of abstraction. Slaughter’s works are characterized by rich colors and textures which resemble natural elements like stone. Her use of the rough surface is informed by her experience overcoming a serious health issue, thanks to her artistic practice. This element serves as a metaphor for several contrasts explored throughout Slaughter’s work, such as life/death and pain/beauty"
Black Art in America
"10 Breakthrough Women Artists As Polled
By Black-Owned Art Galleries"
By Shantay Robinson
"When figures aren’t enough and there are no words to heal the suffering, abstraction is used in its place. Uruba Slaughter surpassed an aneurysm through abstract painting. Her custom textures depict the suffering of one in pain but who is willing to overcome humanity’s suffering in order to see beauty. The colorful and contrasted canvases she creates depict the darkness to light the artist has endured. And the texture tells of the struggle it took to get there. Her canvases scream for relief from the pains of ordinary life as well of those of extreme circumstances. The simplicity and complexity on the canvases she creates speak to life as well as death. The morbid and the light. The pain and beauty. When figures aren’t enough to depict the circumstances of life, colors placed with texture on a canvas might be the only thing left to tell of the fortitude it takes to overcome. Slaughter’s canvases convince of the painstaking care the artist can take to deliver that message."
7 Contemporary Black Women Painters To Watch
Daria Simone Harper
Oct. 22, 2021
Inability to Fathom
Empire Arts Gallery
July - Aug. 2021
Black News Channel
Being A Woman
May 28, 2020
Black Art in America
10 Breakthrough Women Artists
As Polled By Black-Owned Art Galleries
Zuka Arts Guild Presents:
A Cathartic Experience
14th Street Gallery
The Abstract Connections:
Near and Far Exhibition
The Ollie Collection -10th Street Gallery
Sept. - Nov. 2019
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
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