Female African artists that are rocking the Contemporary art world right now. Part III

LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE (Ghana)

It is skill and impeccable technique that has Lynette lauded as an artist. Known for working very quickly – she can complete a painting in a day – her subjects are figments of her imagination that she brings so vividly to life with nothing but a paintbrush and her canvas. In a contemporary art world where everyone is pushing boundaries via installations and conceptual art, it is rather refreshing to see the simplicity of her works that have no gadgets or gimmicks – she is just a fascinating painter!


ADEJOKE TUGBIYELE (Nigeria)

Sometimes art is done not just for self- expression, but for an awareness to real issues and real conditions. Adejoke is an artist that doesn’t just create, she advocates. Identity and sexuality are common themes in her work influenced by her cultural, political and emotional experiences. Her sculptures are delicate yet complex weaves of intertwining materials – from skeletons to palm trees – often symbolising the transformation of the artist herself; and she creates work that one might see as unorthodox, yet innovative.


 

LEBOHANG KGANYE (South Africa)

Lebohang’s works are more than photography – they are performances, they are narratives, they are collages and they are interactive. It is not surprising to occasionally see the artist herself within her visual project. Lebohang vocalises race, identity and social issues witnessed often in South Africa as well as incorporating themes of family (often using images of her own family members).  With her 3-dimensional pieces, her solo show at this year’s Amory in New York created quite the buzz. Definitely one to watch.

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