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Patrick Kinuthia

Patrick Peter Kinuthia

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Country: Kenya

Style: Potraiture, Fine Art, Contemporary, Realism

Medium: Mostly watercolour, oil on canvas

Fun Fact: If it wasn’t for someone throwing away a Reader’s digest, and Patrick hanging around near garbage he would never have discovered Norman Rockwell who inspired his realist style. Thank you Reader’s Digest, Norman Rockwell, Garbage Dump and random magazine thrower

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A portrait catches the eye nd the eyes are the windows to the heart

Painting:

1. Hadassah

2.Swahili Girl

3. Turkana Girl

4. First Audition

5.Girl

6. Ngara

7. Samburu girl Africa

8. Motherhood

Contact: http://patrickkinuthia.com

Kinuthiapat@yahoo.com

Kinuthiapat@gmail.com

Info@patrickkinuthia.com

More at: http://faso.com/Kinuthia 

http://www.saatchionline.com/profile/294736 

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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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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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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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