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Ivory Coast African Artist Channeling the Spirits in Color and Line

Ephrem Kouakou prefers to work while the world sleeps. The artist says that in the dead of night, absent the sound of any human voice or music, he can best hear the "spirits" talking. He says he's been hearing the spirits steer his brush since he started painting as a boy in Ivory Coast — a fact that alarmed the elders, who apparently thought he was practicing witchcraft. Now 50, the artist left home decades ago, but the inner voic.. Read more...

African Paintings - by Moyo Ogundipe

To say that African painting is complex and diverse is an understatement. To be ironically referred to as the Dark Continent, this region has produced some of the most visually stunning and emotionally moving pieces of art the world has ever seen. Both in the past and in the current African art world, the people of this part of the globe are famous for their thought provoking depictions of their lives. As similar as many paintings may be in su.. Read more...

African Paintings and Their Artists’ Inspiration - By Edwin Omondi

Every time any artist decides to make a painting, they have their own source of inspiration for a given subject, whether it be a realistic inspiration from real life memory or abstract subjects that they represent solely from their imagination. The world surrounding an artist influences what they paint. The mind of the artist is manifested through the paint and brush. Some look to paint abstractly on a political situation. Others paint r.. Read more...

African Paintings from Kenya: Ownership & Dissemination - By Edwin Omondi

People in other countries more often consume the market of contemporary African art than Africans themselves. Take for example the country of Kenya, in East Africa. You will not find framed, original African paintings in most citizens' homes. Furthermore, Kenyans often do not see African art as an official product, and surely do not view it as valuable now or gaining value over a lifetime. It is unfortunate that in Kenya and Africa as .. Read more...

Black African Art in the form of Wildlife - Adapted by J. McCarter

What does Contemporary Art of Africa really present? Invariably, one may find an online gallery of “glossy” photographs, depicting various diverse animals in a variety and multitude of settings and poses. To truly throw this into real African art and to remember the impressions seen whilst on an actual wildlife encounter in Africa, one often feels at one with the continent, if not connected deeply to the animal they see. The wonder.. Read more...

How Can East African Artists Benefit from their Hard Work? - By Tom Odhiambo

The debate on whether art can pay has been around for a long time and remains urgent in Kenya today. Many of our artists remain poor till death despite the few so-called celebrities driving around in big cars and wearing bling bling. The moneyed lot among our artists is very much a minority. The GoDown Arts Center, with the support of the Swedish Institute and Mimeta of Norway, recently organized a three-day workshop called “Th.. Read more...

The History of African Paintings - by Amelia Du Plessis

African paintings first emerged as those that still appear on rock faces and in caves. The first of these was discovered in Namibia, and is thought to be approximately 27,000 years old. There are also an estimated 30.000 rock paintings scattered throughout the incredible Drakensberg Mountain Range in South Africa. This African art medium was used by ancient Africans to convey information, to relate events, to depict everyday life and to commun.. Read more...

A Growing Contemporary African Art - Adapted from D. Jenkins

One thing that has been positive to Africa from globalization is the combining of unique facets of various cultures around the world. The fact of this global movement has greatly altered the contemporary African art scene, making today's representations of the awesome continent, its nature and residents, to brand new and illuminating situations. Contemporary African artists try to make light of this globalization by integrating them within the.. Read more...

African Artists' Letter for the Promotion of African Art - By Martin Bulinya and Gathinja Yamokoski

The most critical, cultural event that has ever taken place in Kenya has been the attainment of Independence. The triumph of that liberating feat on December 12th, 1963 opened the door for a free Kenyan culture, but its African artists’ talents and contribution to that culture are still yet to be fully realized. I, Martin Bulinya, am a proud Kenyan and an accomplished African artist of many years. I paint Black artworks with African.. Read more...

Is Contemporary African Art Ready to Jump? By Tom Johansmeyer

Africa has been underrepresented in galleries and at auctions, but it looks like collectors eager to try something new may be developing an appetite for African art. The region's offering is both large and incredibly diversified, according to a report by Artprice, and over the past 20 years, several African artists have been able to garner some attention at international art fairs and major exhibitions. Pieces have been featured sporadica.. Read more...

Kenyan Artwork Growing in International Popularity - By Jill Craig from Voice of America

Long overlooked on the international arts scene, Kenya is finally gaining prestige on the world stage. Some African artists can now make their living entirely from their artwork and collectors are coming from around the world to buy it. Works by Kenyan artists are exhibited around the globe. World-class galleries cater to foreigners and other Kenyans. And the collectors are paying attention. Born in Kenya, Amyn Abdula now lives in.. Read more...

Why African Art is Having a Renaissance-An article from CNN.com

African art has long been about more than just tribal masks and traditional carvings, and now contemporary African artists are being recognized globally. The Johannesburg Art Fair recently showcased the works of 400 African contemporary artists, attracting more than 10,000 visitors. Organizer Ross Douglas told CNN there had been an explosion of interest in African art in recent years. "Africa has always had a strong tribal art and .. Read more...

Article on African Art's Influence on Western Art by Amelia Du Plessis

In the early 1900’s, European artists were facing a struggle between the avant-garde style that had been established and a more contemporary realism that was emerging. The avant-garde style was daring in its approach, pushing boundaries and negating definitions. The new style, however, focused on the realistic in its proportions, subjects and media. It was at this important time in the world of art that famous craftsmen like Pablo .. Read more...

African Paintings Critique of the African Artist Chagwi by Edwin Omondi

I walked up the stairs, there was something that caught my attention. There before me, hanging on a wall, was a very large painting of a woman who was moving in very slow rhythmic waves due to the slight breeze. I stood right in front of the painting and my imagination went wild! “This is a masterpiece! Who did this?” I thought. Written by Edwin "Omosh" Omondi, a staff member of True African Art.com. From Idea Marketers.com (.. Read more...

Tourism & Tradition: Tingatinga & his Painters - Adapted from Berit Sahlstrom

Tingatinga African Paintings: From Tanzania to Worldwide Recognition Sourced from Art-Bin.com During the 1960's, Edward S. Tingatinga established an African painting style that became associated with his home country, Tanzania. The name today, "Tingatinga" refers to his form of art in Tanzania and across the world, especially in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Kenya. .. Read more...

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True African Art .com's Expansion Significant for African Artists

By Rich Monetti and Gathinja Yamokoski When we think of Africa, pixelating images of war, famine and poverty have unfortunately become second nature to many of us here in America. Furthermore, this configuration is so stamped on our minds that we discount the possibility of other points of light. The poverty and war in Africa aren't the only arrangements needed to comprise an accurate picture of the continent. "A lot of everyday .. Read more...

African Paintings Website Brings Hope to African Artists - By Gathinja Yamokoski

African painting artists go back hundreds, even thousands of years and despite strongly influencing Western Art, theirs is still largely a domain that is unknown and unrecognized in the world. Today, some fear that the preservation of contemporary African Art will be lost in history if it is not organized and collected. Thanks to the work of True African Art.com, this website is giving exposure to the largely undiscovered field of contemporary.. Read more...

Anya Wassenberg's Art & Culture Maven Blogspot on True African Art.com

Gathinja Yamokoski came to the United States eight years ago. A painter since childhood in her native Kenya, she knew the long tradition of African paintings and its evolution into an active contemporary art scene. It was a world she found largely ignored in her new home, to her surprise. She began True African Art.com as a business minded way of beginning to redress that balance. Based in Westchester County, New York, True African A.. Read more...

Ghanaian artist Nii Hylton - Trading Conflict for Success - By Gathinja Yamokoski & Nii Hylton

Most anyone who has any critique of African art has heard the story of a struggling African artist. Whether it be finding the means to pay for materials, finding clients to buy their paintings, or being a victim of exploitive deals from gallery brokers, the African artist generally reflects the story of trying to be successful against all odds. What we don't always hear about are the ins and outs of victory a determined artist undergoes i.. Read more...

Original African Paintings from Emerging African Artists - By Sean Cooper

One of the pleasures of writing for this art blog is the opportunity to discover new, emerging artists – as well as to promote affordable art. Of course reproduction paintings are an obvious choice for many home decorators, so it was a pleasure to find a website that promotes and sells original art and paintings from emerging African artists-True African Art. The site is run by Kenyan born Gathinja Yamokoski. She now lives just outs.. Read more...

True African Art.com Remains "Loyal to Artists...Loyal to You" - By Gathinja Yamokoski

If you are an African artist you know the all too familiar position of struggling to get consistent sales and fair promotion in your trade. If you are an art enthusiast or collector, you know how hard it is to find a African art gallery source that is loyal to the artists and loyal to you. Ghanaian artist, Appiah Ntiaw, (/artist-info/appiah-ntiaw.html) featured on True African Art.com True African Art.com is a new online galle.. Read more...

Westchester County, New York Newspaper Article about True African Art.com - By Eve Marx

Americans have been fascinated with African art ever since Picasso and Kandinsky began using African motifs on their canvases. Picasso’s African Period, which lasted from 1907 to 1909, offered his interpretation of the mistreatment of Africans in the Belgian Congo and reflected on the lurid information published at the time in Paris newspapers about African cannibalism. Kandinsky, in the company of his girlfriend, and his former student .. Read more...

 

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