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Joseph Amedokpo

Joseph Amedokpo

Profile

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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Jan Gerard Sekoto

Boy with the candle

Jan Gerard Sekoto

Profile

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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