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Tim Okamura: Redefining Black Beauty and Spirituality

In the second part of our continuing series on artists in diaspora who promote Black identity and pride through their work, we present Canadian painter Tim Okamura. Born in Edmonton, Canada, Tim Okamura earned a B.F.A. with distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in......

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Daniel Ting Chong on Design Indaba 2019

Daniel Ting Chong was born in Cape Town in 1987 and studied graphic design at Vega. He is emerging as one of Cape Town’s top creative talents, following a series of art exhibitions, talks, commissions from clients, and design collaborations with leading international brands including Nike, PUMA, The New York Times, and Red Bull. In this interview, he discusses design, art, and his collaborative......

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Remembering Bisi Silva-Omenka Online
Art, News |
February 13, 2019

Remembering Bisi Silva

Renowned curator Bisi Silva has died. She passed on at 3:45 pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in Lagos after a long illness. Silva is celebrated for her vision and hard work in inspiring a generation of artists, collectors, students and art enthusiasts across the African continent. She was the founder and artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos (CCA Lagos),......

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Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola on Donning Stereotypes of Blackness

Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola is a multimedia artist who works across performance and video. Since she moved back to Nigeria from the United States in 2014, she has branched into more video and digital forms of art to further explore discourses around identity, gender, and culture. She intentionally portrays intimate, yet political stories using a documentary style, whether she is traveling around Lagos with a......

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South African Artist Nelson Makamo Graces Cover of TIME Magazine

For the best part of a decade, South African artist Nelson Makamo has had a deal with his 11-year-old cousin, Mapule Maoto. He pays for her studies, and she agrees to model for his colourful paintings. Today, with fans all over the world praising his work, including the likes of Oprah Winfrey, it’s turned out to be a pretty good deal. The latest painting......

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Emmanuel Unaji: Perception and Reality

Emmanuel Unaji is a Nigerian multimedia artist based in London. Combining painting, drawing, collage, and fashion design, Unaji’s style is often described as rebellious and bold. Inspired by the fashion industry, he frequently uses fragments of magazine photographs to which he adds painted, drawn, or sculpted elements. Blurring the boundaries between fine art and fashion design, he combines mixed media works with other......

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Noir Lagos: Eat Your Heart Out

French culture is synonymous to love so for this Valentine’s Day, Noir Lagos has curated an experiential dinner with Moet and Chandon. In addition to an exciting dinner experience, couples will also have an opportunity to lock their love, just like Pont des Arts in Paris, France. Noir Lagos is the first of its kind, French-inspired culinary experience that combines fine dining with a......

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