Photo by  Paige Ricks

Photo by Paige Ricks

Kierra Jenaé Johnson (b.1989, Decatur, GA) is a visual artist whose work addresses the everyday aspect of spirituality, beauty, memory, interpersonal relationships, and place. Her commercial clients range from Google and Facebook to MakeDo, Fast Forward and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kierra brings her warm Southern sensibilities to her work. You can see it in her photos — whether she’s documenting a two-day influencer campaign for Walker and Co’s product launch or curating images for Good Stuff Digital’s client Susan G. Komen and AdCouncil — and you can feel it on her sets.

In 2017, her ongoing project Embrace was part of the Black Women over Breathing group exhibition co-curated by Danielle McCoy and Adrian Walker in Oakland, CA. 

Embrace, started in Ghana, explores African diaspora cultural traditions and how they are expressed through the body. A new branch of the project, Signify, emerged after Kierra's travels back home to the American South and West coast. 

Kierra presented her first solo exhibition, SIGNIFY, curated by Anyka Barber at Betti Ono Gallery in May 2018.  

She is currently available for visual projects and creative consulting. 

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Clients include:

Facebook / Google / Fast Forward / Stanford Graduate School of Business / Walker & Co / MakeDo / Good Stuff Digital / Ernst & Young / Uber



2018 Observed: Creative Mean’s CommunitySan Francisco Chronicle

2018 Oakland’s Ashara Ekundayo Gallery and Betti Ono Gallery, BARTable

2018 First Friday Guide - May Edition, East Bay Express

2018 Betti Ono Presents: Kierra Johnson's SIGNIFYNook and Cranny

2017 A Reclamation of Power for Black Women in OaklandKQED



2019 SIGNIFY, Ramp Gallery, SOMArts, SF

2018 Elemental, Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, Oakland

2018 The Black Woman is God: The Assembly of Gods, SOMArts, SF

2018 SIGNIFY, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland (solo)

2017 Black Women over Breathing, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland  



2019 VSCO All Hands, VSCO HQ, Oakland

2018 Creative Mean: Community, SF Camerawork, San Francisco

2018 Black Cultural Memory and Placekeeping in Art, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland

2017 Process and Place, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland