Portraits Africa

fine art portraits by African artists


April 2016

Video: Gideon Fasola At Work on An African Eve


An African Eve

“An African Eve” is a mixed media artwork that incorporates pencil and charcoal drawing and acrylic fine art paints on paper and is a creation of Nigerian artist Gideon Fasola.

“All fall in season to our common earth, / cast out from Eden of our songs and myth / where God once walked, first knew / that absence of the living will, that crownèd / potential, that freedom bought / at price of darkness, and wrought / from choice and knowledge. / And in that choice the fall of man, /and yet his glory.” (The Tree, Keith McFarlane)

Kwesi Batchway’s Newest painting STOP RACISM: Voice of the Blue Cap

African artist Kwesi Botchway painted this colorful portrait with a message!

Connect with the artist on Facebook here.

African Artist Clara Aden Won International Art Prize

Last year, artist Clara Aden won an award for her drawing titled Violate (above). Many viewers continue to identify with this artwork. This week we tweeted a photo of the drawing to our Twitter followers on our Portraits Africa Twitter account and 25 followers re-tweeted the image.

This work won the Global Network for Rights and Development first international art prize, aimed at promoting fundamental rights. In an artist statement accompanying her submission, Ms. Aden said, “Freedom of expression means breaking the chains of silence. Say what you believe is right without fearing.” Aden received a cash prize of USD $400 for her winning entry, one of 16 shortlisted works that were exhibited at the event. For full details of the competition, and of the shortlisted artists, see the GNRD website: Violate is 29 cm x 42 cm © 2015 Clara Aden.

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