Portraits Africa

fine art portraits by African artists

We’re Sending A Nikon Camera to African Artists Group

Portraits Africa and Artist Marketing Resources are working together on a project to send a Nikon DSLR camera with zoom lens to a group of artists in Africa. The camera will be used by the artist group to document their events and artworks. One use of their photos will be for a new website they are building. We will share further details and photos later this summer!



Molue Mobile Museum of Contemporary Art

Artist Clara Aden shared a summary of her road trip on the MMMocA bus!

“The idea behind the Molue Mobile Museum of Contemporary Art (MMMoCA)’s road trip from Lagos to Dakar, Senegal, for the Dak’Art 2016 biennale was to provide participating artists from Nigeria and other West African countries an interactive platform for interdisciplinary collaboration and to dialogue with the public en route Dakar.

At first, the thought of travelling to Dakar from Lagos, a distance of about 4000 km (one way) with MMMoCA (a vintage Mercedes-Benz 911 engine truck converted into a mobile museum) seemed a bit crazy.  As the plan for the adventure became more concrete, anxiety turned to excitement.

I asked our driver Mr. Oyibo and our ‘in house mechanic’ Mr. Sunday John if they were sure MMMoCA would get us to Dakar and back. Their confidence on the good technical condition of the bus was unwavering. Mr. Oyibo said, “Oga, we don work this motor finish. Nothing wey dey there, wey me and Small John no fit do. Oga you no dey hear to the sound of the engine? This motor, na German machine. We go go Dakar and come back. No wahala.”

And so it came to pass. We went to Dakar and came back. The road trip commenced April 24 through 17 May 2016. We made stopovers at the ‘Opera Village’ in Laongo, near Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, (a project founded by the German filmmaker and artist Christoph Schlingensief) and at the Goethe Institut in Ghana.

Participating artists in photos> Aderemi Adegbite, Ayo Akinwande, Massira Toure, Angelo Dakouo, Clara Aden, Monsuru Alashe, Yamferlinos, Lukman Tadeyo, Emeka Udemba.

This is the summary of my road trip to Dakar. Complied by the project co ordinator Emeka Udemba l saw call for artists participation on Goethe institut lagos website and l apply for It on Wednesday 21st April l receive a Call that l am one of the artists going to Dakar art festival l was very excited. Hearing and seeing is so different from each other. I got to see a lot of practical realities of a communities along the way l had a wonderful time and l wish to do the trip all over again and again.”

Participating artists at the Senegal border
Participating artists at the Senegal border
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Figure Study by Sketchez Arts

Kenyan artist Jackson Birgen recently created this lively Figure study in his Kiza Series.

We love sharing new work by Portrait Africa artists here on our blog, on Instagram here, on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Please follow!

Fine Art Portrait of Little Girl

Portraits Africa artist Tangwan Elice understands how to capture the expressive moment in the child’s face and gesture–those little things you remember most as your child grows and changes.

Portrait Art by African Artist Kwaku Pencil

This lovely portrait drawing by African artist Kwaku Pencil is a wonderful example of his skill in rendering artful and attractive faces. Each of his drawings is unique. This artist will turn your favorite selfie snap into a work of art.  Call the artist Kwaku Pencil direct: +233500009216   Delivery worldwide. You can also find him on Facebook here.

The Art of Appreciation, Dr. Keith McFarlane’s writing on African Artists free iBOOK

The Art of Appreciation is the title of Dr. Keith McFarlane’s collected writings on contemporary African artists available as a free download in the Apple iBOOKS STORE here and on Amazon here.

Nigerian Artist Gideon Fasola Shares His #Drawing Skills

Above is a montage of recent drawings that Gideon Fasola put together to demonstrate his skills. Follow Gideon Fasola on Instagram here and Portraits Africa here for daily posts of artworks.

African Artist Kwesi Botchway’s Work-In-Progress Studio View

Here’s a quick shot of a painting in progress in artist Kwesi Botchway’s studio in Accra, Ghana, Africa. Follow the artist on Instagram here. You can also follow Portraits Africa, where we share the art of many African artists, on Instagram here.

The Amazing Realism of Albert Dorgbadzi

At first, you may think that you are looking at a photograph from a fashion magazine. But then you start to see that this is actually a drawing!  Indeed, it is the skillful pencil work of artist Albert Dorgbadzi.


The artist is taking commissions of portraits. He will create an amazing fine art portrait drawing of you or someone you love–no matter where you live in the world.

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