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Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Aida recalls capturing still images at an early age, though she did not pursue photograph...
07/08/2010

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Aida recalls capturing still images at an early age, though she did not pursue photography systematically until she attended high school in Canada. Aida relocated to the United States to attend Howard University, where she received a BA in film, radio and TV in 2001. Since then, she has worked as a freelance photographer and founded DESTA (Developing and Educating Societies through the Arts), an organization that seeks to develop opportunities in the global community for African artist throughout the Diaspora.

As an African woman, artist and activist, Aida hopes her work will serve as a catalyst that will “foster an appreciation for artistic expression among traditional African cultures and assist in changing perceptions about people of color throughout the world”. Indeed, her photography and activism demonstrate this conviction.

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Aida recalls capturing still images at an early age, though she did not pursue photography systematically until she attended high school in Canada. Aida relocated to the United States to attend Howard University, where she received a BA in film, radio and TV in 2001. Since then, she has worked as a freelance photographer and founded DESTA (Developing and Educating Societies through the Arts), an organization that seeks to develop opportunities in the global community for African artist throughout the Diaspora.

As an African woman, artist and activist, Aida hopes her work will serve as a catalyst that will “foster an appreciation for artistic expression among traditional African cultures and assist in changing perceptions about people of color throughout the world”. Indeed, her photography and activism demonstrate this conviction.

Nnenna Okore (born 1975) is a Nigerian artist living and working in the United States. She received a B.A degree in Pain...
07/08/2010

Nnenna Okore (born 1975) is a Nigerian artist living and working in the United States. She received a B.A degree in Painting from the University of Nigeria in 1999, and an M.A and M.F.A. degrees in Sculpture from the University of Iowa in 2004 and 2005.
She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at North Park University, where she has received several awards and residencies worldwide, and has been exhibited in several prestigious galleries and museums including the Museum of Art and Design, New York and the October Gallery, London.
Okore often uses discarded yet reusable materials such as magazines and newspapers found in the United States. In redeeming these everyday waste and found objects, Okore’s works brings a focus on consumerism, excessive wastefulness, and transformation of materials. Other materials employed in her work include clay, rope, wax, wood, and burlap.

Nnenna Okore (born 1975) is a Nigerian artist living and working in the United States. She received a B.A degree in Painting from the University of Nigeria in 1999, and an M.A and M.F.A. degrees in Sculpture from the University of Iowa in 2004 and 2005.
She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at North Park University, where she has received several awards and residencies worldwide, and has been exhibited in several prestigious galleries and museums including the Museum of Art and Design, New York and the October Gallery, London.
Okore often uses discarded yet reusable materials such as magazines and newspapers found in the United States. In redeeming these everyday waste and found objects, Okore’s works brings a focus on consumerism, excessive wastefulness, and transformation of materials. Other materials employed in her work include clay, rope, wax, wood, and burlap.

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07/08/2010

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Fode Camara was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1958. He holds degrees in decorative and fine arts. His awards and commissions...
07/08/2010

Fode Camara was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1958. He holds degrees in decorative and fine arts. His awards and commissions are too numerous to mention. Perhaps the strongest validation as to importance of his work is that he is well collected and appreciated in Dakar, the city from which he draws so much of his inspiration.

In his painting, he prefers the presence of hand prints or of sandals to signs of sacred calligraphy. He paints also his city, Dakar, with its “car rapides” (common transport cars), “Yala Yana”, high in colors, with the effect of transparency on its windows which gives him the taste of painting on glass. Recently, focusing on the human figure at the expense of abstract, he offers large nudes, critical of the Dakaroise society, such as the “irresponsible one” hiding behind a sign (or closing his eyes in the face of misery, AIDS etc.) since “it is written”, “Yala Yana”.

Fode Camara was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1958. He holds degrees in decorative and fine arts. His awards and commissions are too numerous to mention. Perhaps the strongest validation as to importance of his work is that he is well collected and appreciated in Dakar, the city from which he draws so much of his inspiration.

In his painting, he prefers the presence of hand prints or of sandals to signs of sacred calligraphy. He paints also his city, Dakar, with its “car rapides” (common transport cars), “Yala Yana”, high in colors, with the effect of transparency on its windows which gives him the taste of painting on glass. Recently, focusing on the human figure at the expense of abstract, he offers large nudes, critical of the Dakaroise society, such as the “irresponsible one” hiding behind a sign (or closing his eyes in the face of misery, AIDS etc.) since “it is written”, “Yala Yana”.

Skunder Boghossian is the best know African artist. His permanent collection short list includes: The Museum of Modern A...
07/08/2010

Skunder Boghossian is the best know African artist. His permanent collection short list includes: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; The Studio Museum in Harlem and the National Museum Of African Art, Washington. His formal training at the School of Paris influenced his skill but never touched his heart or imagination. Although he spent most of his adult life in America an only three years of that time in Ethiopia, he is the most Ethiopian of Ethiopian painters.
The Ethiopianess of every work of Skunders was astonishing. For a man who only lived three years of his adult life in Ethiopia (1967-1970), he returned to Ethiopia with every work that he did. Perhaps this attribute, more than any other, bespeaks his love for his country and its rich iconography.

Skunder Boghossian is the best know African artist. His permanent collection short list includes: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; The Studio Museum in Harlem and the National Museum Of African Art, Washington. His formal training at the School of Paris influenced his skill but never touched his heart or imagination. Although he spent most of his adult life in America an only three years of that time in Ethiopia, he is the most Ethiopian of Ethiopian painters.
The Ethiopianess of every work of Skunders was astonishing. For a man who only lived three years of his adult life in Ethiopia (1967-1970), he returned to Ethiopia with every work that he did. Perhaps this attribute, more than any other, bespeaks his love for his country and its rich iconography.

Viye Diba was born in Senegal in 1954. He has many degrees to his credit including Post-Doctoral study at the University...
07/05/2010

Viye Diba was born in Senegal in 1954. He has many degrees to his credit including Post-Doctoral study at the University of Nice. He has spent his life as an artist and a teacher and currently is a professor at the Senegalese National School of Fine Arts and at the Graduate School of Artistic Education of Dakar. He is President of the National Association of plastic Artist of Senegal.

Viye Diba is profoundly independent. While many artist being categorized, Viye takes the individuality of his search to a higher level. He claims to consider himself an artist who is a researcher. Nothing new about this; all great artists have an acute sense of observation. However, what Viye Diba claims, and accomplishes, is the ability to see and convey something truly original in what he is observing.


Viye Diba was born in Senegal in 1954. He has many degrees to his credit including Post-Doctoral study at the University of Nice. He has spent his life as an artist and a teacher and currently is a professor at the Senegalese National School of Fine Arts and at the Graduate School of Artistic Education of Dakar. He is President of the National Association of plastic Artist of Senegal.

Viye Diba is profoundly independent. While many artist being categorized, Viye takes the individuality of his search to a higher level. He claims to consider himself an artist who is a researcher. Nothing new about this; all great artists have an acute sense of observation. However, what Viye Diba claims, and accomplishes, is the ability to see and convey something truly original in what he is observing.


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