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Joseph Thiong’o

Joseph Thiongo

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Country: Kenya

Style: Semi surreal, Landscape,

Medium: Watercolour and Ink, Acrylics

Fun Fact: his artistic skills were recognized by his Geography teacher, after being impressed by his map drawing skills. His teacher said,  “Joseph, I hope you will be an artist”. And this is something he never forgot

Quote: “I observe my environment everywhere I am for ideas and inspiration for my artwork.  I also get structural ideas of wildlife figures and their environment from actual wildlife parks.  When I am in Nairobi and can’t get to the parks to paint, I have a collection of books and DVD’s that feature angles of what wildlife and landscapes Kenya has.”

Paintings

1. Maasai Life 7

2. Elephants on the Move

3. Zebras

4. Impala Herd

5. Cheetah

6. Maasai Life 4

contacts

http://www.insideafricanart.com/artists%20main%20pages/joseph_thiongo.htm

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Lemos Djata

Lemos Mamadjã Hippolytus Djati  aka Lemos DJata

 

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Country: Guinea Bissau

Style: Hyperrealism, FIgure Painting, Fine Art, Contemporary, Portraiture

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Fun Fact: He paints with two of his brothers

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I feel alive when making my art. Somehow painting gave me directions. I like oil paints because of its fluidity and the facility that it provides. I like the contrast dark-light compositional technique in my paintings. As an artist i make use of every color with exception of ivory black. Human figure is what appears in most of my paintings because i feel like enhancing the concept of humanity. I take the time adequately needed to appreciate and give more detail to my paintings. Music is one of the things that inspire me. It fills the void that is within any artist.”

Paintings

1.Leite de Mãe

2. Biblioteca Africana

3. Ornamento

4.Djumbai di Garandis

5. Pátria Amada

6. Trança

7. Kusunde

Contact

Lemos MH Djata

Mobile: 964662422

E-mail: irmaosunidos3@hotmail.com

http://lemosdjata.see.me/

 

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Gassim abdelkader

Gassim Abdelkader aka Aramis Kaktus

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Country: Chad

Style: Abstract, Contemporary, Fine Art

Medium: Inks, Acrylics on Canvas

Fun Fact: Born in N`Djamena and now living in Norway, his paintings embody a mixture of fictive stories, icons, animals, transparent textures, symbols, equations and random gestures, it touches upon a too illusive vivid dream.

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His artwork embodies a wide range of influences, from the land of the spinning Sufi dervishes, the virtual thoughts, and the power of silence,  to the dense and comprehensive European cultural scene. From the wonders of the Far East, to the cosmopolitan and contemporary North America´s art hub. His work has spread from the desert, as an open gallery without walls, to a group of selected museums, and private galleries in many places around the world.​​

Paintings:

1. Untitled

2.Out of Colours

3.Untitled

4. Untitled

5.Untitled

6.Untitled

Contacts

https://sites.google.com/site/purnevgallery/painting/gassim-abdelkader

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/gassim-abdelkader.html

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Dumile Mhlaba

Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba Dumile /‘Goya of the townships’

: aliases Mslaba Dumile; Zwelidumile Mxgasi Dumile; Dumile Feni; Dumile Feni; Mhlaba Zwelidumile Mgxaji Feni; Mhlaba Dumile Feni; Mhlaba Zwelidumile Mxgasi Feni; Mslaba Dumile Geelboi Mgxaji Feni; Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba Feni

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Country: South Africa

Style: Sculpture, Prints, Contemporary, Fine Art

Medium: sculptor and printmaker, Ink, Conte, Charcoal,

Fun Fact: In 1963 and 1964, while undergoing treatment for tuberculosis, he was given some art materials and began his drawing career in earnest. Like many black South African artists from the late 1950s, Dumile had to negotiate the laws of apartheid that made his presence as a self-employed artist in the white city an offence. Dumile described himself as having never received any ‘real’ tuition and talked of artists learning from one another. Dumile was ‘discovered’ by Madame Haenggi, an art dealer who promoted his early work.

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ONE DAY I WAS in the Township with this driver and we went past a line of men who were all handcuffed. I don’t know what for, maybe for having no pass or something. Anyway the driver said, ‘Why don’t you ever draw things like that?’

I didn’t know what to say. Then just when I was still thinking, a funeral for a child came past. A funeral on a Monday morning. You know, all the people in black on a lorry. And as the funeral went past those men in handcuffs, those men watched it go past, and those with hats took off their hats.

I said to the guy I was with, ‘That’s what I want to draw!’
Paintings:

1. From the Nina Series

2. African Guernica

3. For the Child

4. Going

5.Railway Accident

6. Fear

7. Repression Art

Contacts:

http://www.dumile.org.za/frameset.htm

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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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Mor Faye

Mor Faye aka The African Van Gogh/ Poor Black Picasso

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Country: Senegal

Style: Modernist, Avant-garde, Cubist, Classical, Expressionist, Abstract

Medium: Canvas, Newspaper scraps, Recycled Material, Oil, Gouache, Crayon, Charcoal

Fun Fact: There is a lot to say about Mor Faye, also known aas the “African Van Gogh” because he died at 37 of celebral malaria, most his paintings were done in an asylum as a symptom of his dementia and he went widely unrecognised until after his death. He was against the Ecole du Dakar and Leopold Senghor’s art programs so much so that he once in a while stged colourful protests outside the gates of the presidential palace. What is amazing is that he owed all his skill and style to Leopold Senghor’s art programs 

Quote: No one really paid attention to him when he was alive but I imagine aside from the dementia some anti-Africanity sentiments were shouted at Senghor

Paintings

1.Untitled

2.Untitled

3. Untitled

Contacts:

http://www.contempafricanart.com/artist.asp?artistid=MorFaye

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Wiz Kudowor

Wisdom Edinam Kudwor (Wiz Kudowor)

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Country: Ghana

Style: Cubism, Futurism, Contemporary Art, Fine Art, Abstract

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Fun Fact: Known as a trans-cultural visionary, Wiz`s work is influenced by two key interests: the human form as transformational agent and ancestral wisdom as “aesthetic tools”. Both are intricately linked to, and stand as metaphors for, self-growth. He speaks of “emotions, energies, feelings” some evoked from the everyday, others evoked from the “subconscious”; these “dictate at particular times” the nature and progression of his imaginative thinking and productivity.

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“I strive to satisfy my own whims first in all these attempts hoping eventually to attract mutual minds and interests. There is however room also for the viewer to transcend and relate to my work from his or her own perspective. In other words, I expect the works to prompt and extract a response from those who come into contact with [it], even if negative.”

“When I travelled out to exhibitions, it transformed me into knowing I could tackle other things and not feel guilty about it. You are a human being first, African second. When I freed myself from the trappings of being African, my work became more universal.” 

 

Paintings:

1.Intimacy in red

2. Persistent of Shame

3. Love Cocoon

4. Anatony and a Fabric IV

5. Floral Arrangement

6. Untitled

Contact: www.wizkudowor.com

http://www.african-encounters.com/Artist-Wiz-Kudowor_3.aspx 

(+233) 21-769016 

(+233) 244-876459

(+233) 27-2599999

wizkudowor@yahoo.com

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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. 

Quote:

  “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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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.

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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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Bernadett Bagyinka

Bernadett Bagyinka

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Country: Hungary but honorary Yoruba so Nigeria

Style: Potraiture, Magical Realism, Fine Art, Historical Secesionism

Medium: Coloured Pencil

Fun Fact: She studied African tribal art with an emphasis on the Yoruba of South Nigeria

Quote:

 ’My pictures inspired by the exotic and spiritual nation of Africa, which is the most exotic continent to me.
I love to work with it’s cultural motifs and colours. I love to investigate after
african people ‘s caracter, different portraits and smiles on their face.
Im obsessed in love with the power and rhythm of the african continent.
My aim is to transfer these strenght beauty and richness through my pictures to those
interested…..

Paintings:

1.Yemoja

2. Geb the planet

3. Yaro tree soul

4. The Magician

5. Sango drawing

6. Fulani

More at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/bernadett-bagyinka.html

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