Shaina McCoy is a Minneapolis, MN–based artist whose deeply textured paintings regularly depict Black children, families, and social scenes. McCoy began painting during high school at the Perpich Center for Arts in Education in Golden Valley, MN. Her work has since been included in multiple group exhibitions.
Shaina McCoy’s art portrays the resilience of Black families that is rarely publicized to the same degree as Black suffering, brutalization, and death. McCoy’s colorful, intimate works—which often portray together figures from multiple generations, with various hair types, and different complexions—feel more like memories than photographic evidence. McCoy’s technique makes her figures simultaneously familiar and anonymous—she provides viewers with snippets of details reminiscent of warmth, safety, and tenderness.