Cynthia Brannvall is a California native of African American and Swedish descent. She received BA’s in Art Practice and Art History from UC Berkeley where she was a Phi Beta Kappa and a Ronald E. McNair scholar and was awarded the Departmental Citation and Maybelle Toombs awards in Art History. She has an MA in Art History from San Francisco State University where she was awarded the Sally Casanova Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Brannvall specializes in the history of visual and ideological culture in relation to the politics of identity in modern and contemporary art. Brannvall is a multimedia artist who works with oil paint, mineral pigments, ink and indigo dye as well as sculpture in metal, wood, ceramics, and textiles. Her artwork has been in recent group shows BayCentric, Landscape Meets Collage, Abstracts, Gravity of the Heart, and most recently, the Womxn are Perfect! exhibition at Galería de la Raza. Cynthia Brannvall teaches Art History in the San Francisco bay area.