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Iba N’Diaye

Iba N’Diaye

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Country: Senegal

Style: Modernist, Fine Art,

Medium: oils and gouaches, pencils

Fun Fact: There is a lot to be said about Iba N’Diaye…he co-founded the Ecole du Dakar, inspired Mor Faye and felt strongly against primitivist art.His works openly used western modernist fine art technique; they could be moody, executed in an agitated thick impasto, or whimsical and painterly, in muted gouaches or watercolors

Quote:

Notably to my young colleagues, I would give several words of advice: be on guard against those who insist that you must be “Africans” before being painters or sculptors,for those who, in the name of authenticity … continue to want to preserve you in an exotic garden. We are not born more talented than others, the majority of us do not come from traditional artistic families, but rather we are sons of  African cities, which were created, for the most part, in the colonial era, and were crucibles of an original  culture, in which … foreign or indigenous cultural contributions dominate…. you have a very great responsibility: to make our profession legitimate in the eyes of our fellow countrymen, and in those of men from all the continents, making us masters of techniques which alone will permit us to renew ourselves  and to give us the courage to advance the iconographic themes of contemporary Africa …

Paintings

1. Vautour

2. Jazz Players

3.enfant de choeur

4. La Tabaski

5. Trio

More:

http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/contemporary/Iba-N-Diaye.html

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I would like to apologize for featuring the artwork of Mariama, a prolific self-taught Touareg artist from Niger that we will be profiling soon ( Scream Within) as one of Joseph Amedokpo’s. This was brought to my attention and will be rectified soon

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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.

Quote:

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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