“Issa Samb is considered a total artist. His practice ranges from acting, for both theatre and cinema, to writing (poetry, essays, novels), installing, performing, painting and sculpting… yet his work is unclassifiable.”
Ousmane Sow, Senegalese sculptor and first African member of France’s Academy of Fine Arts.
“It’s strange, I never acquired this confidence as I grew older. I’ve always had enormous confidence in myself, it’s a permanent thing. To such a point, that when I was a kid, if anybody asked me to catch the moon, I’d put on my slippers and go and try to. As I get older I still set the bar high and I challenge myself.”
Excerpt from an interview of Ousmane Sow by Marie Odile-Briot
to celebrate we feature the work of a great Kenyan artist James Njoroge from his “Mwanamke ni effort” series (roughly translating to it takes a lot of effort being a woman or the more succinct “woman IS effort”)
James Njoroge aka Kimoshire
Style: Realist/ Digital Art
Fun Fact: I am a fine art student in Kenyatta University. I love doing illustrations and playing around with design software.
1. Haki (Right)
3. Chama (association)
4. What it feels like to be a girl
5. Mama Soko (market Woman)
6. Nywele (hair)
7. Mother Makmende (SuperMom)
8. Ndio Sababu Hajanichoka (It’s Why She’s not tired of me)
Kehinde Oso is a Nigerian painter, born April 19th 1973 in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2004 he earned his degree in Painting from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, and his work depicts intimate moments of Lagosian urban life.
We’re saddened by the loss of artist Malick Sidibé, a chronicler of life in post-independence Mali. His photograph Look at Me! is on view now on the fourth floor as part of From the Collection: 1960–1969.
Jaspe Saphir Mfumu’Eto (a.k.a Papa Mfumu'eto 1er) was born in Matadi in Bas-Congo in 1963, but lives in Kinshasa. His earlier works in 1990 focused on cartoons, which were popular in Kinshasa, before moving on to painting. His cartoons imaged popular folklore, such as the story of the supernatural and mystical Nguma a meli mwasi na kati ya Kinshasa (A boa that swallowed a woman). Mfumu’Eto’s (meaning our chief in Kikongo) paintings also speak of the supernatural and mystical, but also of everyday life in Congolese society. His work is also considered an anthropological survey of Congolese life, history and culture. (Read More)
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