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Yoruba Orishas


This is one of the most beautiful collection of art on the Orishas I have passed by. That is why I am sharing them all with you guys, you can tell how detailed they are; I just wish I knew who the artist was! On the very top is Elegua, following on the second row is Obatala, Babalu Aye, and Shango. Second row is Ochossi, Oshun, and Ogun. On the final row you will see Orula, Oya and Yemaya. I just love them, especially how the art depicts the specific Orisha such as Yemaya is of the sea and it shows her with ships, shells, etc.

Orishas are deities in the Yoruba spiritual/religious system 

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Ben Enwonwu

Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (Ben Enwonwu) MBE


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


“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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