15 African Artists You Should Follow on Instagram

15 African Artists You Should Follow on Instagram

In the instantaneous space that is the digital sphere, things happen so much faster than blink-speed that more is lost than experienced. Instagram is one of the most popular pseudo-virtual platforms for social networking enthusiasts, and is particularly a favourite of artists. The logic behind this is easily discernible seeing that the platform is mainly photo-based with short videos – the chief currencies in exchanging ideas and experiences.

It isn’t unusual for artworks to be displayed on Instagram timelines by African artists or brands, making it easier for art buffs to connect virtually with them while on the move or from the comfort of their homes.

If you’re art-inclined and looking to make your Instagram timeline more interesting, you should consider touching up your feed by following the under listed African artists.

Tony Gum (@tony_gum)

Tony Gum, Milked In Africa Series. Image credit: okayafrica.com

Her page is packed with creative photographic illustrations, borrowing inspiration from a myriad of sources that include classic Jamaican movies. The 22-year-old South African creative has been described by Vogue as the “coolest girl in Cape Town”.

eL Seed (@elseed)

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From New York to Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town to Cairo, his riveting murals – which feature majorly Arabic calligraphy, graffiti and metal work – lay testament to his genius. eL Seed is French-Tunisian.

Ndidi Emefiele (@ndidi_emefiele)

Ndidi Emefiele, Rebirth of Eva.

Nigerian Ndidi Emefiele aims to make cogent statements with her art about societal ills concerning women. Her art is a collection of mixed media, often celebrating womanhood and usually features black women donning fancy ankara prints.

Laolu Senbanjo (@laolunyc)

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Most popular online for his distinct black/white line work, Senbanjo is a Nigerian artist making the waves on Instagram. His work – “The Sacred Art of the Ori”, which has strong roots in Yoruba mythology, featured recently on pop star Beyoncé’s album ‘Lemonade’. His preferred canvases are the human body and face.

Wangechi Mutu (@mutustudio)

Wangechi Mutu, You Are My Sunshine 2015. Image credit: tomboybklyn.com

Wangechi Mutu’s page is awash with exciting illustrations, as well as photos and art pieces. Her ‘Guardians of the Feminine’ (‘Ndoro Na Miti’) series caused a stir on the social site, increasing recognition for her talent. Wangechi Mutu is Kenyan.

Kojo Owusu-Kusi (@citizins)

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A visit to the Ghanaian-American’s Instagram page is bound to have you following. His visual storytelling is vivid but multifaceted, and is sure to make you crave for more.

Gelila Lila Mesfin (@thick_east_african_girl)

Gelila Lila Mesfin is another African creative making headlines. The Ethiopian artist’s niche is recreating celebrity photos into dazzling digital art pieces. She has painted the likes of Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, and even Michelle Obama Mesfin is a strong proponent of Nubian art.

Benjamin Biayenda (@benbiayenda)

Benjamin Biayenda has dedicated his life’s work to making up for the under-representation of black art in history. Born in Namibia, he is of French and Congolese parentage.

Toyin Ojih Odutola (@toyinojihodutola)

Toyin Ojih Odutola, All These Garlands Prove Nothing VI, Image credit: jackshainman.com

If you cherish black art, here’s another Instagram page that won’t disappoint. Nigerian artist, Toyin Odutola’s rich work usually emphasises the black skin of her subjects. She’s also a notable curator of impressive art pieces on the social site, which means you’ll never be bored.

David Uzochukwu (@daviduzochukwu)

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If you haven’t got enough time to spare, it’s advisable to not visit his page – you will get stuck. The 18-year-old Belgian of Nigerian descent is based in Brussels and his portfolio already includes major projects with Nike Women, Adobe Photoshop, Vogue Netherlands and FKA Twigs.

Arinze Stanley (@harinzeyart)      

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His forte is art so real that you could almost touch it. Nigerian Arinze Stanley often renders his pieces in monochrome, and has been known to present snapshots of his work process on his Instagram page.

Kelvin Okafor (@kelvinokafor_art)

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Give him a pencil, bits charcoal, and some paper, and you may well have armed the Nigerian artist to steal your time. If you don’t mind, all you need do is follow his page for captivating recreations of mostly animate subjects.

Lina Iris Viktor (@linairisviktor)

Lina Iris Viktor is a Liberian artist whose art draws much inspiration from her many expeditions around the world. At the core of her paintings is the beauty of the African woman.

Olumide Oresegun (@oluhyperclassical)

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Nigerian painter, Olumide Oresegun hails from Ikorodu in Lagos. An alumnus of the Yaba College of Technology, his hyper-realistic works will challenge your perceptive senses. Water is a recurring theme in Oresegun’s paintings. Here, he portrays its translucent effect beautifully.

Lady Skollie (@ladyskollie)

Lady Skollie, A hard lesson in Jealousy. Image credit: tyburngallery.com

Her vivid paintings are not just mesmerising but thought-provoking as well. Laura Windvogel a.k.a Lady Skollie is a South African social commentator who seeks to address sensitive societal issues through her often sensual art.



Tomiwa Yussuf has a background in History/International studies. With a strong bias for fictional art of varying forms, he contributes to a couple of literary blogs and is an in-house editor at nantygreens.com. When he’s not writing, he pursues other interests like digital marketing, social work and sports.

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