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15 African Artists You Need To See at The Armory Show 2018

These works of art are standout pieces that can't be missed this weekend.

New York City is currently buzzing with huge art fairs to explore like The Armory Show 2018.

Now open to the public through March 11, the massive fair is featuring 198 galleries from 31 countries, presenting artworks that range from historical masterpieces to the latest contemporary projects by established and emerging artists.

OkayAfrica attended the press preview to hunt down as many African artworks we could find—and we came across a plethora of standout pieces from artists hailing from the continent and the diaspora; old and new.

Take a look at 15 of them below. If you're planning on attending the fair this weekend, be sure to seek out and take in these masterpieces in the flesh.


1. ATHI PATRA RUGA | SOUTH AFRICA

Photo by Antoinette Isama.

2. LINA IRIS VIKTOR | LIBERIA

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3. KEHINDE WILEY | NIGERIA/USA

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4. MARY SIBANDE | SOUTH AFRICA

Photo by Antoinette Isama.

5. SEYDOU KEÏTA | MALI

Photo by Antoinette Isama.

6. YINKA SHONIBARE MBE | NIGERIA

Photo by Antoinette Isama.

7. MELEKO MOKGOSI | BOTSWANA

Photo by Antoinette Isama.

8. OMAR BA | SENEGAL

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9. CINGA SAMSON | SOUTH AFRICA

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10. MANUEL MATHIEU | HAITI

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11. ODILI DONALD ODITA | NIGERIA

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12. MISHECK MASAMVU | ZIMBABWE

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13. IGSHAAN ADAMS | SOUTH AFRICA

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14. SORY SANLÉ | BURKINA FASO

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15. JADÉ FADOJUTIMI | NIGERIA

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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