Napoleon Jones-Henderson

Napoleon Jones-Henderson is a painter from Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the Sorbonne Student Continuum-Student and Artists Center in Paris, France. Jones-Henderson earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. During the Chicago Black Arts Movement, he became a member of the artists’ collective AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists). Henderson created large pictorial woven tapestries that have been exhibited internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of several institutions including the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, Illinois; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, New York; South Side Community Art Center in Chicago, Illinois; Hampton University Museum in Virginia, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists in Boston, Massachusetts; and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

"Growing up in Chicago was a vital and exciting part of my life and surely a contributing factor to my becoming a practicing artist. Chicago was and is a vibrant reservoir of African-American life and culture-swelled at its seams with warm, nurturing spiritual involvement, enlivening music, both sacred and secular, and constant dialogue peppered with memories of life in the South and the difficulty and excitement of life in the new 'Up South'. School was sometimes not exciting but always full of new experiences and teachers who taught us with a passion and commitment to developing each student's full potential, as preparation to succeed at whatever we wished to be in life. Those years were very good years."

Artist Info


November 23 1943

Chicago, IL







African American