The art of Ronald Lockett (1965–1998) speaks to the universality of the human condition through the lens of lived experience in the American South. Born and raised in Bessemer, Alabama, Lockett turned his attention to artmaking full-time in his early twenties. His elder cousin, the artist Thornton Dial (1928–2016), mentored and encouraged him. By the time of his death at age thirty-two from HIV/AIDS-related pneumonia, Lockett had produced more than 350 works. Largely unrecognized in his lifetime, Lockett fits squarely into evolving histories of American art in the late twentieth century. This tribute page was created by Visual AIDS.