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Mor Faye

Mor Faye aka The African Van Gogh/ Poor Black Picasso

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Country: Senegal

Style: Modernist, Avant-garde, Cubist, Classical, Expressionist, Abstract

Medium: Canvas, Newspaper scraps, Recycled Material, Oil, Gouache, Crayon, Charcoal

Fun Fact: There is a lot to say about Mor Faye, also known aas the “African Van Gogh” because he died at 37 of celebral malaria, most his paintings were done in an asylum as a symptom of his dementia and he went widely unrecognised until after his death. He was against the Ecole du Dakar and Leopold Senghor’s art programs so much so that he once in a while stged colourful protests outside the gates of the presidential palace. What is amazing is that he owed all his skill and style to Leopold Senghor’s art programs 

Quote: No one really paid attention to him when he was alive but I imagine aside from the dementia some anti-Africanity sentiments were shouted at Senghor

Paintings

1.Untitled

2.Untitled

3. Untitled

Contacts:

http://www.contempafricanart.com/artist.asp?artistid=MorFaye

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Momodou Cessay

Momodou Ceesay

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Country: The Gambia

Style: Abstract, Fine Art, Contemporary Art

Medium: Watercolour, Acrylic

Fun Fact: Also an accomplished writer, he studied literature at Wesleyan. He sees his works as an examination of images that instil beliefs that are in line with his own cultural inheritance and much inspired by his childhood stories.

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“I describe my artwork as an exploration of images that inculcate a system of values that are consistent with my culture and heritage. My objective is to take the viewer on a spiritual odyssey that suggests unseen dimensions. A world parallel to a true flight of imagination and belief. and where I quietly listen to the rushing breeze, to give an ear to those who came before me, and whose voices I see and hear, as they beseech me to speak for them.

The story of art and practice of art varies from one school of thought to another. In Africa, it is one of the last remaining refuges for free thinking. As African artists our art work does reflect the richness of our culture; but over and beyond that however, our art also articulates and prospers from  that universal yearning for truth, justice, and equality, common to all peoples and all cultures.”

Paintings

1. The Makers of War

2. The Prayer

3. The Exodus

4.A Plea for Mercy

5. The Genesis

6.Crusher of Rocks

7. Soweto

Contacts:

http://www.momodouceesay.com/

email: MomodouCeesay @PAACventures.com 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Momodou-Ceesay/169989046388730 

 

 

 

PS: HAPY 48th INDEPENDENCE DAY REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA

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Skunder Boghossian

Alexander “Skunder ” Boghossian

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Country: Ethiopia

Style: Abstract/ Surrealism Fine Art

Medium: Goat Skin, Oil, Ink, Crayon, Bark

Fun Fact: He got to hang out with the likes  of Leopold Senghor and Aime Cesaire the later Of whom ‘Made  and introduced surealism clearer” to him

Quote: ” I was heavly influenced by Cesaire. His imagery, the graphicness [sic] of it, was puncturing. I was a surrealist and he formed for me a stronger vision. He introduced me to more surrealism in poetry. He made me read Edouard and Appolinaire. Cubism became clearer to me in its departure of thought, its ideas and mannerisms. I could feel it, but I did not know how to do it. I did not know how to translate the idea. I had wresteled with this in Ethiopia, with Goudbet.”

Paintings:

1. Homage to Abebe Bekila

2. Anathamy of the hunt

3. Crossroads

4. The End of the Beginning

5. Red Snaper

Contact: He. Died in 2003, is represented by http://www.contempafricanart.com/toc_inl.asp

Like him onn facebook; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skunder-Boghossian/193333204062695?sk=info

Read more about him here; http://www.blengrafix.com/blenmagazine/skunder_jewel.htm

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Chilonga Hajji

Chilonga Mussa Haji (Khilonga)

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Country: Tanzania

Style: Fine Art, Abstracts, Scuplting

Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Fun Fact: His distinct style inspired the younger and more successful painter Thobias Minzi… Do not mention this

Quote: Rather reclusive and quiet

Paintings: 1. Hefty 2.Guaranteed delivery 3. We all called 4. Water Seeker 5. Congo Street

Contact: http://hajichilonga.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.africancolours.com/chilongahaji.htm

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