So Yoo Lym started this series of hair and braid pattern paintings in the summer of 2008. These acrylic on paper images are based on photos he took of students and strangers he came across in Patterson, New Jersey where he had worked for the past 9 years. So Yoo Lym was born is Seoul, Korea, but lived in Kenya and Uganda for the first 7 years of his life. Since then he has lived in various parts of New Jersey. At age 15, he started studying with Korean exiled painter, Ung No Lee in Normandy, France. There he discovered in that summer how art was inextricably tied to nature and his life.
Paris based artist, Francoise Nielly, creates stunning large-scale portraits, inspired by urban culture. Her vibrant paintings are created using pallet knives, spreading neon coloured paint boldly across the canvas in order to capture the vibrant nature of her subjects. Françoise Nielly’s painting is expressive, exhibiting a brute force, a fascinating vital energy. Oil and knife combine to sculpt her images from a material that is, at the same time, biting and incisive, charnel and sensual. Whether she paints the human body or portraits, the artist takes a risk: her painting is sexual, her colors free, exuberant, surprising, even explosive, the cut of her knife incisive, her color pallet dazzling.
Mambu Bayoh is a Sierra Leone/Liberian photographer who came to the United States at a young age, escaping the Liberian civil war. Drawn to the art of photography, Bayoh stopped his pursuit in Law and dedicated his time to his now current passion. His work not only crosses over into high fashion and street fashion, but into social documentation as well, capturing the vibrant softness and hidden strength of his subjects. Continue reading →
New York-based portraitist Kehinde Wiley will be awarded the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts. Known for his flashy paintings that depict black men and women in the style of Old Master portraiture, Wiley is being honored for using his art to promote cultural diplomacy. He will receive his medal from Secretary of State John Kerry on January 21. Past medal honorees include Cai Guo-Qiang, Jeff Koons, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems. First awarded in 2012, the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts is given to artists for their commitment to Art in Embassies, a diplomatic program that encourages U.S. artists to go abroad and work with other artists. For AIE’s latest project, set to happen in 2017, Jenny Holzer will make a collaborative sculpture at the U.S. Embassy in London. The announcement precedes another landmark in the artist’s career—”Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic,” the painter’s first museum survey, which will open at the Brooklyn Museum in February. Roberts & Tilton, one of the galleries that represents Wiley, confirmed the news. Continue reading →
This selection of portraits is made by Osborne Macharia, a Nairobi-based photographer. These vibrant portraits of men and women look expressive, very aesthetic thanks to the beautiful light effects. The artist proposes few kind of portraits, staging tribe men, women and children. Continue reading →
Our avatar girl, Giannina Oteto is our feature model in this photo set. Born in Kenya, Giannina Oteto blesses us with strong images of fashion mixed thoroughly with art that gives us a tasty flavor that lingers on our palette. Continue reading →