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#OkayAfroFutures: 25 Otherworldly Works of Art By Our Readers

These Afrofuturistic pieces, from our talented readers, will leave you in awe.

As we round out Afrofutures month here at OkayAfrica, we want to take the time to highlight some of the most imaginative and forward-thinking visual artists in our sphere: our readers.

We sent out a social media call-out, asking artists to submit their best afrofuturisitc artwork using the hashtag #OkayAfroFutures and the results were—in true aforfuturistic fashion—simply otherworldly.

We received over 100 entries, showcasing the creative talents of our readers across the diaspora and we've selected 25 to feature in the gallery below.

You'll find some of our favorite submissions, along with the artists' handle below. Be sure to keep up with your faves on Instagram and be sure to follow the #OkayAfroFutures hashtag on both Instagram and Twitter to see more mind-bending visual art.





























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Spotlight: Expression is Synonymous With Exploring in Khulekani Cele’s Art Pieces

Durban fine artist Khulekani Cele's abstract style of painting stems from his penchant for exploration.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight 27-year-old Durban-based fine artist Khulekani Cele. He's known for his abstract style of painting covering such themes as stereotypes, perception, gender and identity. A proponent of education, Cele holds an honours degree in visual arts from the Durban University of Technology. The freedom to create is evident in his work where different paint strokes overlap one another.

When did you start painting?

When I was young I used to get a beating at home for writing and drawing on walls with charcoal and leaves. When I think about it now I believe that I have been creative since I was born. However, painting is one of the art mediums that, in general, is defined as applying paint to the surface using a brush or tool of your choice. Therefore, I professionally started the painting medium in 2012 when I was enrolling for my fine art course at the Durban University of Technology.

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