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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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Wiz Kudowor

Wisdom Edinam Kudwor (Wiz Kudowor)

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Country: Ghana

Style: Cubism, Futurism, Contemporary Art, Fine Art, Abstract

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Fun Fact: Known as a trans-cultural visionary, Wiz`s work is influenced by two key interests: the human form as transformational agent and ancestral wisdom as “aesthetic tools”. Both are intricately linked to, and stand as metaphors for, self-growth. He speaks of “emotions, energies, feelings” some evoked from the everyday, others evoked from the “subconscious”; these “dictate at particular times” the nature and progression of his imaginative thinking and productivity.

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“I strive to satisfy my own whims first in all these attempts hoping eventually to attract mutual minds and interests. There is however room also for the viewer to transcend and relate to my work from his or her own perspective. In other words, I expect the works to prompt and extract a response from those who come into contact with [it], even if negative.”

“When I travelled out to exhibitions, it transformed me into knowing I could tackle other things and not feel guilty about it. You are a human being first, African second. When I freed myself from the trappings of being African, my work became more universal.” 

 

Paintings:

1.Intimacy in red

2. Persistent of Shame

3. Love Cocoon

4. Anatony and a Fabric IV

5. Floral Arrangement

6. Untitled

Contact: www.wizkudowor.com

http://www.african-encounters.com/Artist-Wiz-Kudowor_3.aspx 

(+233) 21-769016 

(+233) 244-876459

(+233) 27-2599999

wizkudowor@yahoo.com

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Joseph Amedokpo

Joseph Amedokpo

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Country: Togo

Style: Abstract personification, contemporary, magical realism, fine art

Medium: oil on canvas

Fun Fact: He is a simple man, an ecofriendly simple man; Amedokpo paints using locally available oils and his canvases are recycled flour sacks, washed and stretched. His studio forms part of his family compound; a tin roof shelters him from the African sun and seasonal rains.

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Red is my favorite color,” says Joseph. “From red I can make so many other colors. It is very important in our traditions, too. Red is the color of blood, which is life, and our soil, which feeds us. And red is one of the main colors of many of our gods, like Mamiwata, who can heal the sick.

Paintings

1. Shango- God of Thunder

2. Devil’s cooking pot

3. The Initiation of the Voudou maidens

4. Birds KIngdom

5. Angere stilt dancers

Dell picked Joseph’s paintings for their Computer covers, the statement was: His paintings touch on the failures and weaknesses of people, as well as their core strength, their hopes. The aids crisis in Africa. How all kings eventually dance naked, brought down to earth with the rest of us. 

His art covers a wide swath of the old and the new, in this area, and he has seen some success as his paintings are increasingly sought out and collected internationally. He hopes his participation in Project Red will expose his art to more people, and he is glad that his paintings will be helping fight aids in Africa.  

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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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Jan Gerard Sekoto

Boy with the candle

Jan Gerard Sekoto

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Country: Republic of South Africa

Style: potraiture, naturalism, 

Medium: oil on canvas, watercolour, 

Fun Fact: He was a jazz pianist in order to pay his way through art school

Quote:“Art is the spark, the illumination which is socially significant for it brings about understanding

Paintings

1. Smoker

2. View of the Sienne

3. Mother and Child

4. Youth with downcast eyes

5. Figures in a Shebeen

6. The two little boys

This profile would be incomplete without boy with the candle, which is why I included it in the profile rather awkwardly

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Ibra Papa Tall

Ibrahim Papa Taal (Papa Ibra Tall)

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Country: Senegal

Style: Surrealist, Abstract Fine Art, Modernist Art, Magical Realism

Medium: Tapestries, Pen, Ink, Oil, SIlk Screen

Fun Fact: He used to illustrate the covers of the famous negritude magazine Présence africaine , he also knew John Coltrane and Malcolm X. He was also a prominent member of the Ecole du Daka which posed challenges to the universal tenets of humanism and demanded recognition of Africa’s contributions to global modernity

Quote: At the time it was a question of creating,

for myself, an artistic language that seemed to me to belong to Africa and to Senegal. I was inspired by the theory of Negritude that back then, you must recall, was unique. Wole Soyinka didn’t yet exist and the other theoreticians of the day were economic theoreticians—Nkrumah had an economic theory, not cultural. So, those of us who wanted to create something autonomous, belonging to and reflecting just us, had little to inspire us but Negritude…. What interested me in finding a kind of authenticity was not to create pure decoration but to create a language of visual forms which defined me for myself.

Paintings:

1. Chevauchee Solaire

2. La foret aux souvenirs

3. La Solitude de l’oiseleur

4. Title Unknown

5. First Song

6. A Kilim

7. Seamstress of the stars

Contacts: http://www.biennaledakar.org/2012/spip.php?article116

Of interest to art historians: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=11925 

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Richard Onyango

Richard Onyango

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Country: Kenya

Style: “Photo picture” Neo-Impressionism, Contemporary Art, Fine Art

Medium: mostly Oil on Canvas

Fun Fact: He started drawing because he didn’t have a camera to take photos. His appreciation for big girls is legendary, there’s a KWANI! Book out called “The Life and Times of Richard Onyango” on the topic (http://www.kwani.org/publication/kwanini-series/9/the_life__times_of_richard_onyango.htm). 

Quote: On Large ladies: I think they are vulnerable, and no one seems to have discovered them, you can’t discover them they are always indoors

Paintings

1. Tsunami

2.Indian Truck

3 Nairobi bombblast

4. Accepted Love

5. Drosie and Me in Egypt

6. Dressing Room

Contact: http://www.africancolours.com/richardonyango.htm

Have a look at http://vimeo.com/user3111189/wwwextraordinarilyrichardcom 

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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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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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Ben Enwonwu

Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (Ben Enwonwu) MBE

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Country: Nigeria

Style: Contemporary Art, Sculpting

Media: oil on panel, watercolours, pastels; bronze, wood

Fun Fact: There is a crater in mercury named in his honour

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“I will not accept an inferior position in the art world. Nor have my art called African because I have not correctly and properly given expression to my reality. I have consistently fought against that kind of philosophy because it is bogus.” European artists like Picasso, Braque and Vlaminck were influenced by African art. Everybody sees that and is not opposed to it. But when they see African artists who are influenced by their European training and techniue, they expect that African to stick to their traditional forms even if he bends down to copying them. I do not copy traditional art. I like what I see in the works of people like Giacometti but I do not copy them. I knew Giacometti personally in England, you know. I knew he was influenced by African sculptures. But I would not be influenced by Giacometti, because he was influenced by my ancestors”.

Paintings: 1. Agbogho mmo 2. Anyanwu, The Awakening 3. Africa Dances 4. Crucified Gods Galore 5. Ben Enwonwu

Contacts: http://www.benenwonwufoundation.org/

Through exhibitions, education and public debate, our mission is to:
· increase the global perception and appreciation of modern and contemporary African art;
· create opportunities and encourage research into new forms of artistic expression while improving the livelihood of artists in Africa;
· investigate and determine how art and culture can be employed to shape and contribute positively to society.

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