One of the 20 most influential artists of 2017
Called one of the twenty well-regarded artists two years ago, Nigerian-born Njideka Akunyili Crosby now based in Los Angeles creates works showing personal scenes. Her paintings depict the changing cross-cultural personality of African people who shift to more urbanized places all over the planet.
This art trend is also known as Afropolitanism, and Akunyili’s professional life has seen a rapid growth within the last couple of years. The scenes she shares in her paintings let us into some private moments that embrace decades – from her grandmother’s detached childhood to the author’s Western living in big cities.
The upcoming exposition in Venice, Italy
Akunyili Crosby’s mixed-media paintings collecting the artist’s and her US mates’ cultural legacy is demonstrated at Victoria Miro gallery this May. The collection presents the latest creations belonging to “The Beautyful Ones” continuing series. These works are full of emotional deepness, penetrative visages and rich shades.