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Art by Great Nigerian Artist Ben Enwonwu

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“Art is not static, like culture. Art changes its form with the times. It is setting the clock back to expect that the art form of Africa today must resemble that of yesterday otherwise the former will not reflect the African image. African art has always, even long before western influence, continued to evolve through change and adaptation to new circumstances. And in like manner, the African view of art has followed the trend of cultural change up to the modern times”. 1950, Ben Enwonwu.

Painter and sculpture Ben Enwonwu, is a personal favorite. Growing up i spent countless hours staring at works of his in my uncle and aunts house. I particularly loved a portrait he did of my aunt. 

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Fred Mutebi

Fred Kato Mutebi

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Country: Uganda

Style: Contemporary African Art

Media: Woodcut printing,

Fun Fact: DOn’t buy a painting from him before asking for the motive behind the painting..he does not like that

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Art lovers and art buyers should strive to grasp the artists’ stories. Sometimes we create to activate managers’ or politicians’ minds. The people who view our art are the people who should have the solutions to the problems the artists are addressing.

Paintings 1. Women Activists 2. Urban Madonna 3. New York Subway in winter 4. Abannyunsis

CoNtacT:https://www.facebook.com/FredMutebi

Mutebifred@gmail.com

http://fredmutebi.org/

Using art as a tool to empower people to explore and talk about the challenges facing their communities, Fred set up Let Art Talk, an organisation that helps open up the dialogue on issues such as poverty, child labour and gender by engaging the mainly young people he works with in interpreting the subjects through art. Fred is also aware of the need to involve the elders within the communities, getting them to share their wisdom and experiences, and together work towards affecting positive change. Committed to the success of the organisation fifty percent of the proceeds from a sale of Fred’s artwork goes into the Let Art Talk organisation to help set up a programme, buy materials or fund a trip.

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