African artists you should know of
There are many fantastic aAfrican artists we look up to, so we decided to pick a few of them that we find inspiring, and share them with you. Enjoy the art!
Nigerian-born Sokari Douglas Camp is a well-known scultpor, who has had exhibitions all around the globe. One of the best female artists in Africa, she studied in Oakland, California and at the London Royal College of Art. Her marvelous steel scultures, which are typically the size of a human, are often adorned with masks and ritualistic clothing. She often draws inspiration from her Kalabari heritage.
A fantastic South African female artist and a mixed-race feminist, Tracey Rose has produced a series of striking video installations, photographs, as well as many performance pieces. Her work revolves around pop culture, sociology, sexuality, racial and gender issues.
Julie Mehretu is one of the most important African abstract printmakers and painters of her generation. She studdied at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar and also got a BA in Art from Kalamazoo College, as well as a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design. Her large paintings feature details that often bring aerial mapping and elements of architecture to mind.
Meschak Gaba is the creator of a very unique and innovative travelling art exhibition called ‘the Museum of Contemporary Art’. This nomadic museum’s purpose was to try and create a space for African art. Ever since starting out at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in 1997, the museum has consisted of 12 exhibition rooms which have been set up in various art institutions, until the Tate Modern museum purchased and showcased the nomadic exhibition in its entirety.
Kudzanai Chiurai is one of the most important artists of Zimbabwe, after having been exiled in the past, for creating a provocative portrait of his country’s infamous president, Robert Mugabe. He has a BA of Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria. His brutally honest, dramatic multimedia compositions raise many important issues of the southern Africa region.
Aka the junk man of Africa, Dilomprizulike created sculptures and performance pieces whose themes revolve around tradiitonal African masquerade, as seen from a post-modern viewpoint. In a permanent performance, he resurrects discarded items found in a junkyard, to create gorgeous installations, simply by utilizing Africa’s ‘junk’. His work is deply philosophical.