Juanita McNeely


Juanita McNeely (March 13, 1936 – October 18, 2023) was an American feminist artist known for her bold works that illustrate the female experience in her nude figurative paintings, prints, paper cut-outs, and ceramic pieces. Feminist emotional elements in her work include the portrayal of female experiences such as abortion, rape, and menstruation. Her recurring health problems and expressive figurative compositions have prompted comparisons to Frida Kahlo. According to McNeely, "we as women must continue the struggle to hold on to our rights, or let the children lead the way."

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Best known for her abstracted paintings of the female figure, including a cycle of images depicting her experience of having an abortion in the late 1960s.

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United States



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Juanita McNeely, Juanita Rose McNeely

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