Image: Instagram/Beyonce/ the artist Image: Instagram/Beyoncé/ the artist

So who snapped the celestially beautiful image of the star? Bronx-raised, Ethiopia-born Awol Erizku is the creative genius behind the image. Here are 6 facts about the artist.

He attended art school with rapper A$AP Ferg

Growing up in New York's south Bronx, Erizku attended Art & Design high school along with the rapper. He graduated from Cooper Union with a B.F.A. in 2010.

He has worked with David LaChapelle

Erizku found his passion for being behind the lens whilst at Cooper Union. After he graduated college, Erizku went to work in the studio of David LaChapelle.

He likes the classics

Awol Erizku, Girl with a Bamboo Earring, 2009Image: Artist and Hasted Kraeutler Gallery Awol Erizku, Girl with a Bamboo Earring, 2009
Image: Artist and Hasted Kraeutler Gallery

In 2015, Erizku, then 26 years old, caught the eyes of critics, who labelled him the art world's new 'It boy.' In his first solo art show he reimagined classical pieces of art such as Johannes Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring.

This isn't the first time he has been inspired by the Carters

Music plays a pivotal role in Erizku's work. His I Was Going To Call It Your Name But You Didn't Let Me show at the Nina Johnson gallery was accompanied by a mixtape, something he does for all of his exhibitions. He played a mix of Kerry James Marshall's 2012 lecture about beauty cut with Beyoncé’s Drunk In Love.


His show The Only Way Is Up featured a sculpture made of stacked basketball hoops inspired by the lyrics from Jay Z's Picasso Baby. He explained his influence as: ''I made this sculpture of stacked hoops, highly influenced by Jay Z's Picasso Baby, specifically the line, 'Oh what a feeling, aw, fuck it, I want a trillion.' It's a metaphor; people who understand hip-hop know what that means. I love doing that kind of thing with my work.'

Music is his magic

It's no wonder B decided to go with Erizku to capture her pregnancy photo. The artist is heavily influenced by music, explaining ''Music is always playing in my studio, I’m always seeking out new music and underground artists, to hear new voices, to hear new perspectives. I respect it as an art form, I think it’s the purest way of communication, I just want to show my appreciation for it by acknowledging it.''

And he's big on social media

So it was a no-brainer that one of the world's biggest stars worked with an artist who embraces social media.

''In terms of how I use it, it’s more conceptual. Say, for example, the #hoops show [on Instagram], I just looked up the hashtag 'hoop’'and then I curated a show based on the images that already exist on Instagram. I treat my Instagram account like a gallery — I keep it private and then from 9 to 5, Monday or Tuesday through Friday, like gallery hours, that's when it’s public. It's in line with what I do anyways, which is kind of like using readymades in the 21st century. That is Instagram — just appropriating what’s already out there by millions and just pressing it back out.''