Portraits Africa

fine art portraits by African artists

The Cheerful Heart of Lateef Olajumoke

Cheerful Heart 2, in a series of paintings numbered 2-10, is an artwork by Nigerian artist Lateef Olajumoke. This painting is acrylic paint on canvas and measure 105 x 120 centimeters.

This work represents the artist at a new height of his abilities working with muted tones and color mixing and a looser, freer brushwork and resulting dimensionality. When previously his work was characterized by the flat use of pure color.

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Lovely Fine Art #Selfie by African Artist Nduta

This Self Portrait painting by Kenya, Africa artist Nduta Kariuki is a mixed media work in which the artist skillfully employed the fine art materials of emulsion paint and ink on canvas. The Self Portrait is 100 cm x 80 cm and was created in 2015 by Nduta Kariuki.

Nduta is open to accepting orders to create your selfie or a portrait of you and your loved ones. Tells is what you’d like. Complete the form below and we will get back to you with full details.


A Gideon Fasola Drawing Start to Finish

Nigerian artist Gideon Fasola created this set of photos demonstrating his ink drawing in stages from start to finish. He then posted this photo set to his Instagram page here and Portraits Africa re-posted to Instagram here.

Photo sets like these are a great way to show viewers the art-making process and engage viewers in the authenticity of the work.

Large Scale Drawings by African Artist Ken Nwadiogbu

Above is a photo of African artist Ken Nwadiogbu and his large-scale drawing titled GNAW.

Kenneth Nwadiogbu, Lagos, Nigeria

Artist’s Statement, Commissions, FacebookWebsite

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Irie – Red, Gold, Green by Artist Nduta Kariuki

Nduta Kariuki, Nairobi, Kenya
Artworks © 2015, 2016, Jack Birgen
Artist’s Statement, Commissions & Facebook

Nduta Kariuki is an artist born in Nairobi, Kenya. She primarily paints in a style derived from pop art but dabbles extensively. Nduta graduated with a B.A in Fine Art from Kenyatta University in 2014. She enjoys writing, quirky art and reggae. She has exhibited her work in numerous group shows in Nairobi. Nduta lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya.

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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