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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

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2. LINA IRIS VIKTOR | LIBERIA

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3. KEHINDE WILEY | NIGERIA/USA

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4. MARY SIBANDE | SOUTH AFRICA

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5. SEYDOU KEÏTA | MALI

Photo by Antoinette Isama.

6. YINKA SHONIBARE MBE | NIGERIA

Photo by Antoinette Isama.

7. MELEKO MOKGOSI | BOTSWANA

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8. OMAR BA | SENEGAL

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9. CINGA SAMSON | SOUTH AFRICA

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10. MANUEL MATHIEU | HAITI

Photo by Antoinette Isama.

11. ODILI DONALD ODITA | NIGERIA

Photo by Antoinette Isama.

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

Photo by Antoinette Isama.

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