In our desire to continually explore black voices and experiences, we are adding new faces to this ongoing dialogue. The African continent and the journey of its diaspora is a complex topic in its rich diversity, contextual detail and historical references. African narratives are laden in intersectionality, with conflicting aspects that are entwined in peoples’ reality and lives. These conversations and instances reverberate through Black African identities.

The figures in this exhibition embody love, strength, perseverance and pride. Each depicts a presence of liveliness, a determination of uplifted consciousness and the reclamation of dignity, commanding the viewer’s attention.

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Okhi Mookho Ntho

Growing up in Maseru, Lesotho, Mukho’s creative expression was influenced by desire to be visible in the art world. She produces African contemporary art using oil paints focusing on portraits and close ups. Her work is inspired by nature, emotions and feelings she experiences around her. Her art allows her to relive moments, create moments she has not experienced – Undiscovered Canvas

Alessandro Iovino | On a Good Day | Eclectica Contemporary | Art Exhibition | Cape Town

Guata
2021
Acrylic on canvas
90.5 × 70 cm

Alessandro Iovino | Behind the Bank Series: Po River | Eclectica Contemporary | Art Exhibition | Cape Town

By The Sidewalk
2021
Acrylic on canvas
99 × 142 cm

Ian Banja

21-year-old Ian Banja was born in and raised in Nairobi Kenya. The Artist is fascinated by the close examination of ordinary objects and placing them in an unusual context. While his subjects are diverse, Banja is repeatedly drawn to portraits and the everyday encounters his subjects find themselves in. In his Struggles series, the artist depicts the habituous hustles of his peers, as he states “I try to express the everyday tussles I witness, the stories I have are never ending”.

Alet Swarts | Margins | Eclectica Contemporary | Art Exhibition | Cape Town

Fallen Into An Abyss
2021
Acrylic on canvas
110×100 cm

Husein Salim | Rest | Eclectica Contemporary | Cape Town

Brotherhood
2021
Acrylic on canvas
110×100 cm

Dankyi Mensa

Trained by master artists at the Famed Ghanatta College of Art and Design, Dankyi sees himself an observer and critic of social imagery. Through his art, he presents a documentary of social life in contemporary Ghanaian society. One cannot help but notice the exaggerated influence of urban American pop culture in Ghana’s second largest city Kumasi. On Instagram, twitter feeds and in WhatsApp chats, the term Kumerican is trending.

Kagiso Reuben | Home | Eclectica contemporary | Art gallery | Cape Town

Kumerican Avanguard
2021
Acrylic on canvas
127×101.6 cm

Kagiso Reuben | Home | Eclectica contemporary | Art gallery | Cape Town

Kumerican Kangool
2021
Acrylic on canvas
101.6×60.96 cm

Kagiso Reuben | Youth League | Eclectica contemporary | Art gallery | Cape Town

Kumerican Reddie
2021
Acrylic on canvas
77.47×58.42 cm

Samson Bakare

Samson Bakare is inspired by his architect father in the city of Lagos, at a tender age Samson began his journey into a creative world. His work centres around propagation of black identity and values in both contemporary and retrospective context. while representing historical scenes, Samson has been able to document black people in different time and space. His narrative covers portraits of African men and women with blank expressions as they strive for cultural emancipation.

Kino Hogan | Taking a quick break | Eclectica contemporary | Art gallery | Cape Town

Cowboy from Louisiana
2021
Acrylic on canvas
122×92 cm

 

Kino Hogan | Those warm evenings | Eclectica contemporary | Art gallery | Cape Town

This Life of Mine
2021
Acrylic on canvas
122×92 cm

Kino Hogan | Those warm evenings | Eclectica contemporary | Art gallery | Cape Town

Paradox of the Living Dead
2021
Acrylic on canvas
122×92 cm

Kino Hogan | Those warm evenings | Eclectica contemporary | Art gallery | Cape Town

In The Garden of Proteas
2021
Acrylic on canvas
122×92 cm

Nedia Were

Born and raised in Kenya, self-taught artist Nedia Were currently lives and work in Nairobi city. His deep desire to create started during his childhood, when he would copy cartoons from newspapers, magazines and comic books while recreated them in his own likeness and image. Nedia Were has harnessed his creative practice with a specific focus on oil painting and portraiture.

Khalid Abdel Rhaman | Untitled blue | Eclectica contemporary | Art gallery | Cape Town

The Portrait of Norbert
2021
Acrylic on canvas
120×100 cm

Ikeorah Chisom Chi-Fada

Painted with such care and attention, artist Ikeorah Chisom Chi-Fada places his subjects in “an atmosphere that respects them” and “a space that deifies them in and through culture and time”. Telling us that he loves to tell stories that “reflect the passion and undying resilience of Nigerians to defy the odds and dream”, his work is a powerful means of rejecting and challenging stereotypes unjustly placed upon him and his fellow Nigerian citizens – itsnicethat.com

Nina Holmes | Margins | Eclectica Contemporary | Art Exhibition | Cape Town

A Tale Between Two Dreamers
2021
Acrylic and Charcoal on canvas
122 × 91.5 cm

Atsu Numadzi

Atsu Numadzi is a Ghanaian artist whose work explores contemporary ideologies of blackness and West African culture. He was born in the Volta Region (Adidomé) and studied at Ghanatta College of Art and Design. He has exhibited in Ghana, Tanzania and the United States. He is currently based in Washington DC/Maryland.

Nina Holmes | Margins | Eclectica Contemporary | Art Exhibition | Cape Town

Akosa in Washington
2021
Acrylic on canvas
40×30 cm

Yasmine Yacoubi | Reverie I | Eclectica Contemporary | Art Gallery | Cape Town

Ama born in Baltimore
2021
Acrylic on canvas
101.6×76.2 cm