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The Protest Artists Behind Icons to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Grimly Rich Roster of Others

Xerxes Butt painting a mosaic. Photo by Greg Cook

Xerxes Butt, a painting student as MassArt, is one of the artists behind the portable portraits of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Mubarak Soulemane and Fred Hampton that have appeared at recent Black Lives Matter protests in Cambridge and Boston.

Above: Xerxes Butt painting a mosaic. Photography by Greg Cook