Paula Rego is a Portuguese artist who works primarily in pastels and tells stories with her artwork. My favorite quote by her is "You punish people with drawings." The image below is called Blue Fairy Talking to Pinocchio.
Romare Bearden is my favorite artist of the moment. A black man who looked white, he worked primarily in watercolor and collage. He made a series called the Odyssey Suite after the Greek myth. Bearden changed it into a story about the "Black Odyssey."