youtu.be/UeYP8ssD_BMThis month we are highlighting a #blackartist each week that has been a major influencer in the arts community and beyond.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby is a Nigerian-born visual artist working in Los Angeles. She inspires us to examine complexity and layers in our past and our present as she explores her culture and identity in her paintings. Akunyili Crosby says, "I think the point I make in my work is that my home is Nigeria and the United States at the same time.” Her paintings show us that we can be many things at once.
"A mesh of old and new imagery, as well as traditional and modern media—in addition to photo-transfers she uses acrylic, charcoal, and colored pencils—process is essential to Akunyili Crosby’s cosmopolitan style. She’s influenced as much by European masters as by the household products that she collects in Nigeria. One gets a very physical sense of perspective through her works; you’re led instinctively to the big picture ideas about the way cultures, histories, and identities intertwine." — Charlotte Jansen in Artsy
Photo: Brigitte Sire
Interview with Akunyili Crosby here.