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Many artists, one way of expression.

Art can be represented in many ways, through painting, music, illustrations. It’s precisely through painting that many artists express their feelings, their struggles, their emotions. Many emergent artists do. They describe their roots, their customs and traditions through colors and shapes made with brushes. They tell stories that everybody can “read” and love.

Thelma in red dress

Hands up

AMOAKO BOAFO was born in Ghana in 1984, in his paintings he mainly represents the “concept of being black”: the subjectivity and the determination that characterize black people and also the joy of being black. In his series of paintings called “Black Diaspora”, Amoako makes a sort of trip inside the identity and perception that black people have of themselves. The painter gives an image of his peers’ intimacy as from the portraits the viewers are able to understand what characters are feeling in that moment. Actually Amoako represents men and women who have something to tell: they communicate with eyes and their expressions. Amoako communicates also with the colors that emphasize certain emotions or vibes as good energy, they can be darker or lighter, for example blue and yellow. Boafo is one of the protagonists of “The Artsy Vanguard 2020” the exposition that promotes artists who should be well known by everybody.

Daniel Quist by Otis kwame kye Quaicoe

Portrait in Yellow by Otis kwame kye Quaicoe

Sitter by Otis kwame kye Quaicoe

OTIS KWAME KYE QUAICOE is a painter from Accra in Ghana, but he lives in

Portland, Oregon. He is considered one of the most talented emergent artists who

comes from Africa. Quaicoe’s strongest point is the usage of colors. An explosion of colors that are able to describe different realities from those we used to see and live in. Empowerment and redemption, reclamation of cultural dignity, humility, curiosity

and images are all themes that Quaicoe “discusses” in his creations. The resilience

and strength of African culture. Every painting has an important message to communicate, something related to the idea of personal intimacy, gender and race dynamics.

[Dem Boys, 2019, pastel, acrylic, and fabric collage on paper, 44x33 inches]

CLOTILDE JIMÉNEZ is an artist from Hawaii who grew up in a poor district of Philadelphia. He tells his story through his art, collages, the experienced he lived. Thanks to this particular technique he composes another piece of his life to present to the audience. The simplicity of Jiménez’s style and the evocations of feelings come from his work, allow the viewers tO give their own meanings to the artist’s work. His art is included in many collections such as The Ford Foundation, Orlando Museum of Art, Hessel Museum of Art, and the Beth Rubin DeWoody collection.

Family Portrait in Gurué (2019) by Cassi Namoda

Little Is Enough For Those In Love / Mimi Nakupenda (2019) Photography Mark Blower