No, she is.. Not literally. But literally. Okay, I’ll quit being confusing. But guys, Lina Viktor paints with 24-karat gold. Whutt?
Let’s start from the beginning.. Lina Viktor is a conceptual/fine artist. She “creates her own mythology as a painter, sculptor, photographer, and performance artist.” Governed by a purist colour palette of gold, blue, black and white, I also find her use of geometric shapes in repeated patterns fascinating. You won’t be in doubt of which is the Lina Viktor painting in the room.
Viktor’s work is an interesting juxtaposition between medieval regality and contemporary pop culture.
Ojo Agi is a Nigerian self taught visual artist born and raised in Canada whose art I find rather captivating. Her pieces and illustrations, consisting mainly of portraits of women, portray a diverse range of beauty, personality, and emotions. With each work telling a story, Ojo Agi’s art is proof that so much of a person’s story can be told simply with the face.
Each illustration tells a personal story for me, and collectively they demonstrate the sensitive side of people of colour that’s not often acknowledged by mainstream society. We are subject to numerous negative stereotypes, that limit our full range of desires, prospects, and emotions, leading to damaging effects on our social interactions and mental health.
Afromysterics is the mystery of the African thought pattern.
It was sometime in 2011 that I was introduced to Laolu Senbanjo’s work in Abuja. It was at one of the European embassies, I think. I remember walking around the space like a little child, tugging at my friend’s arm when I found yet another detail seemingly hidden among the swirls of charcoal and colour. That was what intrigued me the most, how could he possibly fit in all those details and yet create a cohesive picture?
And then when I met the man himself, I approached with apprehension. I’d already been told he was a lawyer; so I was expecting a brooding man, maybe too involved in the overwhelming muses in his head to suffer curious fans. Well, by now you know that wasn’t what I got. He’s a cheerful man with so much art to give the world. I’ve seen him evolve in his expressions: from the art to the music to the acting. He’s a national treasure.
It doesn’t happen very often, but there will be times when you will read something someone halfway across the world has written and there won’t be enough finger snaps, and “Yes! Yes!”, and exclamation marks, and +1s to adequately convey how much those words hit home. They will be words you didn’t even realize you wanted to say. Needed to say. Words that carry in them so much power, and so much light, enough to illuminate your path; to make sense of your journey.
It doesn’t happen often, but when it does…