The Florida Highwaymen are a group of 26 largely self-taught African-American landscape artists, mostly from the Fort Pierce, FL area. Influenced by the natural Florida landscape, they painted what they saw around them.

They created a body of work of perhaps more than 200,000 paintings, despite facing many racial and cultural barriers in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s and 1960s. Escaping manual labor in the orange groves and packinghouses and without access to galleries and art agents, they made a living selling their paintings, often still wet, door-to-door along Florida’s east coast out of the trunks of their cars.

Their renown grew internationally during the early 2000's and they have been rightfully recognized for their vivid documentation of mid-twentieth century Florida culture and history. All 26 Florida Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004.

Although most are now in their seventies and eighties, twelve of the thirteen living artists continue to paint to this day, more than sixty years after they first began. Over time their style has evolved into more carefully created works and away from the “fast painting" techniques of their early years that enabled them to produce large quantities of paintings and maximize their income.

Florida Artists Hall of Fame Inductees

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