contemporary western african art


Mor Faye

Country: Senegal

Style: Expressionist

Medium: Oil on board

Fun Fact: Known as the African Van Gogh

He was against Senghor’s art policy and died in an asylum at the age of 38



Mor Faye was among the first artists I ever featured but I came across these new paintings of his and couldn’t resist refeaturing him


Paul Louise-Julie (USA) - Sculpting painting

New York-based artist Paul Louise-Julie has spent the last 7 years researching African civilizations and art, including a year-long journey to West Africa and the Sahara Desert. These sculptures (and 3D paintings) are part of a resulting body of work Louise-Julie created in response to his discoveries and experiences there. The pieces represent a successful collision of artistic methods and themes from multiple cultures, blending ideas from Western contemporary art, traditional African methods, and even Japanese-influenced origami and paper craft. The artworks you see here are among his first sculptures. Louise-Julie is also working on a companion graphic novel that will be released gradually starting later this year. (src. Colossal)

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Justus D. Akeredolu.

country: Nigeria

Style: Semi-realism

Medium: Thorn trees of the wild cotton plant

Fun Fact: Justus Akeredolu was a pioneer sculptor known for his experimentations in what later became known as thorn carving. A process he started when he was teaching at his hometown of Owo. While he was looking for materials that can be used to carve name stamps, he discovered that some thorns growing on a particular tree in the forest was useful for some minute details. He then used the thorns to carve plain letter stamps and later taught the technique to some of his students.His inventive style of carving drew the interest of the government which awarded him a scholarship to Britain under conditions that he would return to work for the government antiquities department. He studied at the Institute of Archeology of the University of London and returned to the country around October, 1954. He worked at the antiquities office of the Nigerian museum in Lagos and helped set up the museum in the 1950s.Later in his career, he was posted to Owo to assist the museum in caring for the works of the Olowo of Owo, who was amassing a large collection of art works.He sculpted from thorn trees of the wild cotton plant!



Chike C Aniokor

Country: Nigeria

Style: Modernist/ Uli

Medium: Watercolour/Ink on Paper

Fun Fact:Much of Aniakor’s art, particularly in ink and watercolor, displays strong linear qualities based upon uli, and he maintains that his interest in this design system developed separately from that of Uche Okeke. His human figures, often possessing elongated bodies and limbs, are frequently massed together in a work, and he makes skillful use of negative space.

Quote: My painting ideas are carried over months in the antipodes of the mind, undergoing creative mutation, occasionally surfacing to be synthesized–just in the way a goat sits under the shade to chew its cud. These ideas mature with time like the sprouts of yam seedlings. It is during this period that I feel like the traditional carver who says that to ‘carve a mask you must be the mask


1.The Allegory of Power

2. Of Collective Memory

3. Drawing


Nii Ahènè-Lá Mettle-Nunoo aka Nii Ahènè-Lá

Country: Ghana

Style: Expressionist

Medium: Acrylic/ Mixing Technique

Fun Fact: co-founder of the “Society of Caribbean Artists,” or SOCA - a visual arts organization whose directional vision is to create a critical dialogue among artists online and land on Caribbean art heaquatered in the beautiful isalnd of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. Nii Ahene-La lives and works in the USVI.

Quote: I am inclined to address the subject of spirituality in my work with less political underpinnings. I have made some exceptions to this when prevailing conditions in the world dictate my feelings. Few examples in that genre is the “Hip Hop Kid” and “Dafur”


1. Glimpses of my meditative dream

2. East meets West in Harlem

3. Polyrythms of aklabatsa

4. Dance of the Gods

5.Chanelling Ancestral Spirits