Intersecting Identities

February 10, 2022 | Los Angeles

Work

Arushi Gallery and So Much Art are excited to announce ‘Intersecting Identities’, an exhibition of artworks by 12 international contemporary artists representing the African diaspora. The show opens on February 10, 2022 and will be on view until March 15, 2022.

Given the vastness and cultural diversity within the African diaspora, ‘Intersecting Identities’ attempts to emphasize the resonances and divergences of artworks from different cultures, geographical boundaries, singularities and artistic approaches.

Curated by Arushi Kapoor and Tina Tangalakis, this collection of contemporary artworks investigates a shared experience that goes beyond physical boundaries. Through different mediums, textures and techniques, Intersecting Identities juxtaposes the works of twelve artists to showcase their unique identities as influenced by their individual environments. The observer is invited to view the unbreakable ties that bind them, without any actual
interaction.

Adulphina Imuede

Born in Auchi, Nigeria, Adulphina Imuede locates her innermost voice through her art practice. Her family relocated to Lagos during her early childhood due to her father’s service in the Nigerian Army. Growing up within the discipline of a military family, she picked up an interest in drawing from an early age as an outlet for unspoken emotions and desires. After completing her degree in painting at the
University of Lagos in 2016, she joined the 2018 cohort of For Creative Girls platform and worked under the mentorship of Data Oruwari.
Her practice has since evolved into a celebration of self awareness, personal voice, and layers of identity.

A trained painter and self-professed drawing enthusiast, Imuede is a multi hyphenate playing with oils, watercolors and acrylics with equal competence. She believes in the redeeming capacity of art and describes her process as therapeutic. Adulphina’s work brings to light hidden elements of African history and embraces a personal sense of purpose

“Sanguine”

“Sanguine”

Name of the Artist : Adulphina Imuede Name of the Artwork : Sanguine Size : 24 x 28 Medium : Oil on canvas Adulphina Imuede Born in Auchi, Nigeria, Adulphina Imuede locates her innermost voice through her art practice. Her family relocated to Lagos during her early...

“Harmattan”

“Harmattan”

Name of the Artist : Adulphina Imuede Name of the Artwork : Harmattan Size : 24 x 28 Medium : Oil on canvas Adulphina Imuede Born in Auchi, Nigeria, Adulphina Imuede locates her innermost voice through her art practice. Her family relocated to Lagos during her early...

Ametefe Kukubor

Ametefe Kukubor (Amet) was born in 1984 in Accra, Ghana lives and works in Accra, Ghana. He majored in painting at Ghanatta College of Art and Design. Drawing had been a childhood therapy for Ametefe which developed into an art journey.

Growing up at a place like North Industrial Area, Kaneshie, Circle, Kotobabi and living in other places like Spintex Road and Agbogba, Ametefe has been highly exposed to various lifestyles and people of various statuses which have contributed much to his works. He over the years has drawn inspiration from such places and people which form a greater part of his work. Generally, his works question philosophies, ideas, ways of life, doctrines and so on. His works also share ideas and stories to inspire good course, celebrate excellence, provoke thoughts and spark discussions with open-mindedness.

He employs the expressionism technique to depict his bitter-sweet narratives. Here he applies his paint with squeegees of different sizes. Carefully molding his subject with short tiles of acrylic paints (sometimes with oils) with squeegee, he paints his subjects out from the large and long care- free colourful strokes that form the undercoat. Some portions of the main subject are left untouched, exposing the first coat of thick strokes. This, Ametefe does to communicate how our surroundings have greater influence on us; how we are in one way or the other merged with our immediate surroundings.

“It’s Friday”

“It’s Friday”

Name of the Artist : Ametefe Kukubor Name of the Artwork : It's Friday Size : 44 x 50 Medium : Acrylic on canvas Ametefe Kukubor Ametefe Kukubor (Amet) was born in 1984 in Accra, Ghana lives and works in Accra, Ghana. He majored in painting at Ghanatta College of Art...

“On a Date”

“On a Date”

Name of the Artist : Ametefe Kukubor Name of the Artwork : On a Date Size : 44 x 50 Medium : Acrylic on canvas Ametefe Kukubor Ametefe Kukubor (Amet) was born in 1984 in Accra, Ghana lives and works in Accra, Ghana. He majored in painting at Ghanatta College of Art...

Ametefe Kukubor

Oxford-based artist Annan Affotey navigates black identity through portraiture. His paintings focus on women and men of color with vibrant dark skin and soul filled, red eyes. He surrounds his figures in negative space allowing each subject to tell their own story. Affotey’s paintings highlight the nuances of facial expression and examine a story that goes beyond surface level.

Affotey was born in 1985 and graduated from Ghanatta College of Art and Design in 2007 with a degree in Drawing & Painting. In 2013, Annan Affotey helped found the African Young Artist Organization (AYAO), a group dedicated to supporting African youth in the arts through education and exhibitions.

His paintings are influenced by two main factors: growing up in the presence of strong women and the cultural diversity he’s experienced through living in Ghana, Europe and the United States.The combination of these experiences brings a diverse narrative to his work, exploring the nuanced stories and meanings behind his subjects’ faces and bodies.

Affotey brings everyday experiences into intensely colorful, textured and expressive compositions. Earlier this year Affotey had solo exhibitions at Ronchini Gallery in London and Danny First’s Cabin in Los Angeles. His work has also been exhibited in New York City, London, Miami, and Accra.

“Shades of Green”

“Shades of Green”

Name of the Artist : Annan Affotey Name of the Artwork : Shades of Green Size : 37 x 59 Medium : Acrylic on canvas Annan Affotey Oxford-based artist Annan Affotey navigates black identity through portraiture. His paintings focus on women and men of color with vibrant...

“Green Mood”

“Green Mood”

Name of the Artist : Annan Affotey Name of the Artwork : Green Mood Size : 37 x 59 Medium : Acrylic on canvas NFS Annan Affotey Oxford-based artist Annan Affotey navigates black identity through portraiture. His paintings focus on women and men of color with vibrant...

Chiderah Bosah

Chiderah Bosah is a self taught contemporary artist who discovered his passion at a young age by replicating, with pencil on paper, any figures he found in books and comics. This early interest in art eventually metamorphosed into a full-fledged career for this Port-Harcourt based artist.

Growing up in Nigeria, he experienced a narrative that is common of most Africans. Bosah feels a responsibility to communicate his everyday experiences: the struggles and blessings. This long[1]standing desire thereby transitioned him from merely commissioning portraits in his early career to finding purpose for his art and using it as an outlet to express himself. Through his art he brings a voice to the people in his community.

 Bosah’s genre of art spans across figurative representation, simplified realism and portraiture, employing them as a means to depict the resilient lives of Africans in the motherland. The singularity in Chiderah’s style of painting is the pronounced use of calm and pale hues to consummate his peculiar niche.

Bosah’s works have been exhibited across Africa, Europe and the United States

“Micheal and Anita”

“Micheal and Anita”

Name of the Artist : Chiderah Bosah Name of the Artwork : Micheal and Anita Size : 50 x 60 Medium : Oil on canvas Chiderah Bosah Chiderah Bosah is a self taught contemporary artist who discovered his passion at a young age by replicating, with pencil on paper, any...

“Portrait of Uche”

“Portrait of Uche”

Name of the Artist : Chiderah Bosah Name of the Artwork : Portrait of Uche Size : 25 x 25 Medium : Oil on canvas Chiderah Bosah Chiderah Bosah is a self taught contemporary artist who discovered his passion at a young age by replicating, with pencil on paper, any...

Clarence James

Clarence James (b. 1991) was born in Stamford, CT and grew up in Raleigh, NC. He attended Howard University and graduated with a business degree in 2014. Clarence is a self-taught painter who began building his brand PVMT84 by spreading street art and graffiti throughout the streets of DC and NYC.

He began participating in group art shows, organizing pop up shop installations and art exhibits for himself and collaboratively with his peers. After a few years living and working in New York City, Clarence moved back to Washington, DC where he currently works from his space in the historic 52 O St Studios. He has done installations in Washington, DC with Homme DC, The White Room Studio, and Raw

Artists at Howard Theatre, Los Angeles, CA at the Kopeikin Gallery, New York City at the HL 55 Gallery in the Chelsea arts district, art installations and murals Art Basel in Miami (2016-2021) and several events in New York City including a solo show and pop-up store installations in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. Clarence has worked with brands including Fendi in coordination with their F is For… campaign, Nike Cultivators, Surf Lodge and TinderSelect, to name a few

“Universals (We R4evr)”

“Universals (We R4evr)”

Name of the Artist : Clarence James Name of the Artwork : Universals (We R4evr) Size : 60 x 60 Medium : Acrylic paint, spray paint, oil pastel, KrinkNYC marker, on canvas Clarence James Clarence James (b. 1991) was born in Stamford, CT and grew up in Raleigh, NC. He...

“Black Cowboys (2)”

“Black Cowboys (2)”

Name of the Artist : Clarence James Name of the Artwork : Black Cowboys (2) Size : 50 x 60 Medium : Acrylic gesso and paint, spray paint, oil pastel, KrinkNYC marker, on canvas Clarence James Clarence James (b. 1991) was born in Stamford, CT and grew up in Raleigh,...

Jupiter Lockett

Jupiter Lockett is a contemporary abstract artist who currently resides in Sacramento California. His work is created to make the viewer feel comfortable and uneasy at the same time. Focusing on beings who are daily ostracized; while giving light to the humanity of dark skinned people, who originate from Africa. Capturing the essence from the figures on canvas, through a child’s perspective. Reminding the viewer of the innocence, that Black Americans are robbed of daily. The imagery in his paintings evokes a reminder, that no matter the form of suppression, beauty and power cannot be taken away.

His goal as an artist is not to make the viewer like him, but to make them see the world through a pair of eyes that will convict the ignorance humanity has been taught. With an international artist residency in France, at Chateau d’Orquevaux under his belt, Jupiter is gearing up for his second and third residencies in September and October of 2022 at the Imago Artist Residency in Tsarimir, Bulgaria, and the SkopArt Residency in Skopelos, Greece

“Venus and Serena”

“Venus and Serena”

Name of the Artist : Jupiter Lockett Name of the Artwork : Venus and Serena Size : 60 x 74 Medium : Acrylic on canvas Jupiter Lockett Jupiter Lockett is a contemporary abstract artist who currently resides in Sacramento California. His work is created to make the...

Michelle Okpare

Michelle Okpare, from Nigeria (b.1996) raised between Nigeria and Ivory Coast. She received a B.A in Fine Arts from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Okpare draws inspiration from her personal experiences with people and, how one responds psychologically to happenings. Her works are a documentation of life, complexity, and emotions exploring culture, mental health, personal and societal identity, and issues surrounding gender in African contemporary society.

Okpare is an expressionist artist working predominantly using materials attached to her childhood experience in Ivory Coast to create richly textured and colorful works. Her practice is a combination of imagination and reality which aims to build cogent visual imagery which encompasses the contemporary African women experiences. She uses crepe paper, acrylic paint, and recycled/discarded lace fabrics appliqué to create highly stylized scenes that unpack the unrealistic beauty standards placed on women. The crepe paper is folded into floral, or petal motifs inspired by her upbringing in Ivory Coast where she first experimented with these materials. She draws from her strife to create these works and uses her practice as a form of therapy.

Okpare has participated in several exhibitions around the world including Real Life Is Fragile, USA, 2021, Unusual Suspects, Nigeria, 2021, The human experience, South Africa, 2020, etc. Her works have been featured on Sunday Times South Africa, Vanity Fair Italia, Shoutout Los Angeles, Times Live South Africa, and Airmail News USA. She was documented on Google Arts and Culture. She was also awarded at the Online Art Project Turkey and The University of Florida Art in Medicine project in Nigeria. Okpare currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

“Tomorrow I am HER”

“Tomorrow I am HER”

Name of the Artist : Michelle Okpare Name of the Artwork : Tomorrow I am HER Size : 30 x 36 Medium : Crepe paper, lace fabric and acrylic paint on canvas Michelle Okpare Michelle Okpare, from Nigeria (b.1996) raised between Nigeria and Ivory Coast. She received a B.A...

“Today I am HER”

“Today I am HER”

Name of the Artist : Michelle Okpare Name of the Artwork : Today I am HER Size : 30 x 36 Medium : Crepe paper, lace fabric and acrylic paint on canvas Michelle Okpare Michelle Okpare, from Nigeria (b.1996) raised between Nigeria and Ivory Coast. She received a B.A in...

Rufai Zakari

Rufai Zakari hails from Bawku in the Upper Region of Ghana. He graduated from the Ghanatta College of Art and Design in 2011. Zakari examines consumerism, environmental pollution, labour, trade, and the perils of industrialization in contemporary Ghanian Society. Conscious of the environmental emergency, his work is made of fragments of recycled plastic, presented in a local and urban aesthetic, featuring elegant and fashionable figures. Similar to photography, he brings to light individuals that he is familiar with or that he crosses paths with in his community or elsewhere. Rufai extracts them from their tiresome daily context and repositions them in an explosion of colors, striking forceful poses, inspired simultaneously by daily gestures and fashion photography.

 In search of creative solutions to solve environmental problems, he works with single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, water sachets, and food packaging collected from the streets of his home country Ghana to suggest the renewal of Ghanain society.

Untitled, 2022

Untitled, 2022

Name of the Artist : Rufai Zakari Name of the Artwork : Untitled, 2022 Size :79 × 61 in Rufai Zakari Rufai Zakari’s figurative works are made from discarded single-use plastics gathered from the streets of his home country of Ghana. Zakari graduated from Ghanatta...

“Hassana on Date”

“Hassana on Date”

Name of the Artist : Rufai Zakari Name of the Artwork : Hassana on Date Size : 40 x 40.5 Medium : Recycled plastic Rufai Zakari Rufai Zakari hails from Bawku in the Upper Region of Ghana. He graduated from the Ghanatta College of Art and Design in 2011. Zakari...

Tosin Kalejaye

Tosin Kalejaye is a self-taught contemporary visual artist from Abuja, Nigeria. From his early childhood, Tosin had a keen interest in drawing portraits. Needless to say, this is where his artistic profession stemmed from.

Tosin uses his art as an instrument to convey his ideas and impressions about modern society and the everyday Black experience. His art genre, widely ingrained in storytelling, representation, identity and historical documentation, is intended to incite emotion in his viewers as the required catalyst. It initiates mere social conversations, to ultra-practical actions and liberates one’s consciousness.

 His works, which were displayed in a range of exhibitions globally, including a group exhibition titled ‘SELF ADDRESSED’, in Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, curated by Kehinde Wiley in Los Angeles, United States, are largely executed in mixed media – oil and charcoal on canvas

Untitled, 2022

Untitled, 2022

Name of the Artist : Rufai Zakari Name of the Artwork : Untitled, 2022 Size :79 × 61 in Rufai Zakari Rufai Zakari’s figurative works are made from discarded single-use plastics gathered from the streets of his home country of Ghana. Zakari graduated from Ghanatta...

“The Sojourner II”

“The Sojourner II”

Name of the Artist : Tosin Kalejaye Name of the Artwork : The Sojourner II Size : 50 x 50 Medium : Mixed media, oil, and charcoal on canvas NFS Tosin Kalejaye Tosin Kalejaye is a self-taught contemporary visual artist from Abuja, Nigeria. From his early childhood,...

“Yard of Hope II”

“Yard of Hope II”

Name of the Artist : Tosin Kalejaye Name of the Artwork : Yard of Hope II Size : 50 x 60 Medium : Mixed media, oil, and charcoal on canvas Tosin Kalejaye Tosin Kalejaye is a self-taught contemporary visual artist from Abuja, Nigeria. From his early childhood, Tosin...

“Yard of Hope I”

“Yard of Hope I”

Name of the Artist : Tosin Kalejaye Name of the Artwork : Yard of Hope I Size : 50 x 60 Medium : Mixed media, oil, and charcoal on canvas Tosin Kalejaye Tosin Kalejaye is a self-taught contemporary visual artist from Abuja, Nigeria. From his early childhood, Tosin had...

“Hassana on Date”

“Hassana on Date”

Name of the Artist : Rufai Zakari Name of the Artwork : Hassana on Date Size : 40 x 40.5 Medium : Recycled plastic Rufai Zakari Rufai Zakari hails from Bawku in the Upper Region of Ghana. He graduated from the Ghanatta College of Art and Design in 2011. Zakari...

Victor Ubah

Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Victor Ubah reflects upon social infrastructure, self-determination and identity in his artistic practice. Influenced by the anime and popular cartoon animations he watched throughout his adolescence, he was inspired by an image’s ability to communicate intricate ideas about identity and personality. He was further inspired by Cubism, the early 20th-century avant-garde art movement led by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, that revolutionized the representation of three-dimensional forms by painting from many viewpoints, rather than a singular perspective.

In a body of acrylic portraits, Ubah paints his subjects as multidimensional personalities existing within one dimensional social structure. His poetic visual language marries vibrantly colored, one-dimensional background with expressive cubist geometry. commenting on the symbiotic correlation of the individual to their community. Ubah translates the uniqueness of each personality by rendering their faces in a mosaic of protruding cubist forms while attending to their gaze with a naturalist style. His attention to each figure’s personal fashion expressed through bold textile patterns and rich color palettes amplify his ethos that “there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.”

“Inner place II”

“Inner place II”

Name of the Artist : Victor Ubah Name of the Artwork : Inner place II Size : 49 x 57 Medium : Acrylic on canvas Victor Ubah Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Victor Ubah reflects upon social infrastructure, self-determination and identity in his artistic practice. Influenced...

“Inner place”

“Inner place”

Name of the Artist : Victor Ubah Name of the Artwork : Inner place Size : 58 x 49.5 Medium : Acrylic on canvas $15,000 SOLD Victor Ubah Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Victor Ubah reflects upon social infrastructure, self-determination and identity in his artistic practice....

Zanele Montle

Zanele Montle was born in Kwa Zulu Natal, Empangeni, on 19 October 1992. She started her Schooling at Empangeni Primary School in 1999 thereafter attended Empangeni High School from 2006 to 2010. After completing her matric with a distinction in Art she moved to Gauteng and enrolled for a National Diploma in Visual Arts at the University of Johannesburg. She completed her National Diploma in Applied Arts in 2013 and in 2014 graduated with a BTech Degree in Applied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology.

Zanele Montle is very passionate about art education. In 2019, she obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with a specialisation in Art from the University of Johannesburg. Between 2016 and 2018 Montle acquired skills in Gallery Management and Digital marketing. While her current work has a strong sense of design elements in its effortless approach of articulating its subject matter in vivid colours, a familiarity with her concept at this point in her artistic practice, reveals a continuous questioning of what defines black identity through her depiction of everyday life activities in acrylics.

“siwum’ndeni” 2021 16 x 16 in Acrylic on canvas

“siwum’ndeni” 2021 16 x 16 in Acrylic on canvas

Name of the Artist : Zanele Montle Name of the Artwork : siwum'ndeni Size : 16 x 16 Medium : Acrylic on canvas Zanele Montle Zanele Montle was born in Kwa Zulu Natal, Empangeni, on 19 October 1992. She started her Schooling at Empangeni Primary School in 1999...

“oSisi” 2021 13.5 x 14 in Acrylic on canvas

“oSisi” 2021 13.5 x 14 in Acrylic on canvas

Name of the Artist : Zanele Montle Name of the Artwork : oSisi Size : 13.5 x 14 Medium : Acrylic on canvas Zanele Montle Zanele Montle was born in Kwa Zulu Natal, Empangeni, on 19 October 1992. She started her Schooling at Empangeni Primary School in 1999 thereafter...

“iNtokazi ephuma emakhaya”

“iNtokazi ephuma emakhaya”

Name of the Artist : Zanele Montle Name of the Artwork : iNtokazi ephuma emakhaya Size : 32 x 24 Medium : Acrylic on canvas Zanele Montle Zanele Montle was born in Kwa Zulu Natal, Empangeni, on 19 October 1992. She started her Schooling at Empangeni Primary School in...