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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

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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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Bakunzi Jean Bosco

Bakunzi Jean Bosco

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Country: Rwanda

Style: semi-abstract, semi surreal, fine art,  Contemporary art

Medium: oil on canvas

Fun Fact: He is an autodidact but counts (Richard) Onyango (Kenya), (Collins) Sekajugo (Rwanda) and Joseph Kartoon (Kenya) among his influences. He combs his paintings to increase flow and give them texture. 

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  “I see painting as a special medium that allows me to explore my ideas, creativity, and emotions. When I am producing art, I feel free with my style, and I am empowered to enjoy the movement of my tools. In choosing my subjects, I find inspiration in nature, my surroundings, everyday life and happiness…”

Paintings:

1. Bed Time

2.Thieves in the market

3.Images of memory

4. African girls

5. Musanze market

6. The Transporters

7. Wheatfield

Contacts:

http://www.uburangaarts.com/index.php/en/bakunzi-jean-bosco:

https://mobile.twitter.com/bakuart

 

 

More: He lost both his parents in the genocide and used art to deal with the situation 

Throughout my career, I have been motivated by the belief that “art has the power to heal people physically, mentally, and emotionally.

  With this belief in mind, I founded Rwanda’s leading art center, “Uburanga Arts Studio” in March 2010. This studio brings together the most skilled and talented artists from all over the country with the goal of developing Rwanda’s fine art scene.

 I donate my time teaching arts and crafts to orphans and vulnerable children, especially those at Gisimba Memorial Center Orphanage. I have also spent time working and volunteering at Rwandan orphanages and hospitals painting bright and playful murals that have been sponsored by both private individuals and NGOs.

 

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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

Quote:

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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Mulangala Mwamba

Mulangala Mwamba

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Country: Zambia

Style: Contemporary Art, Fine Art,

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Fun Fact: He has served on as an executive committee member of the Zambia National Visual Arts Council of Zambia and is currently serving on the organizing committee of Insaka International Artists Trust in Zambia.

Over the years, he has been a volunteer visual arts instructor for kasisi orphanage and is currently working with street children, orphans and vulnerable children at lubuto in Zambia. He lives in Zambia and works from a home-based studio. Mwamba is also a visual arts teacher at the American International School of Lusaka.

Quote:

 “My work is merely a reflection of myself. I paint to transfer my feelings and inner self onto canvas and keep my mind fixed on an idea until it becomes part of my psyche. The rest is left to the viewer to relate to my artwork in their own perspective.”

Paintings

1. Values from our ancestors

2. Our roots in rythm

3. Political strategies

4.Spiritual Realm

5. Sensation

Contact: http://mulangala.com/

e-mail: mwamba.mulangala@gmail.com

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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.

Quote:

“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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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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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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