Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders is a South African sculptor whose carved and painted wooden diminutive figures reflect the ambiguities of the search for an ‘African’ identity in the post-apartheid era. Her sculpture is rooted in both Africa and Europe and she derives her inspiration for a number of sources including medieval church figures, West African carving and…

Tales of a Ghanaian and His Art- El Anatsui

El Anatsui who was born in 1944 in Anyanko is a #Ghanaian sculptor active for much of his career in #Nigeria. He has drawn particular international attention in recent years for his iconic “bottle-top installations”, distinctive large-scale assemblages of thousands of pieces of aluminium sourced from alcohol recycling stations and sewn together with copper wire, transformed…

The Junkman From Africa

Dil Humphrey-Umezulike, better known as Dilomprizulike was born 1960 in Enugu, Nigeria. He is a contemporary artist working in sculpture, performance and painting who has adopted the nickname ‘The Junkman From Africa ‘. He studied art at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria and has an MFA from the University of Dundee, Scotland. In his…

A Great Steel Artist-Sokari Douglas Camp

Sokari Douglas Camp was born in Buguma, Rivers State, Nigeria, a Kalabari town in the Niger Delta. SheShe was raised by her brother-in-law, the anthropologist Robin Horton. She studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California (1979–80), earned her BA degree at the Central School of Art and Design (1980–83),…

The Three Graces

Antonio Canova’s statue The Three Graces is a Neoclassical sculpture, in marble, of the mythological three charites, daughters of Zeus – identified on some engravings of the statue as, from left to right, Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia – who were said to represent beauty, charm and joy. The Graces presided over banquets and gatherings primarily…

Bird In Space

Bird in Space (L’Oiseau dans l’espace) is a series of sculptures by Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. The original work was created in 1923. In the Bird in Space works, Brâncuși concentrated not on the physical attributes of the bird, but instead on its movement. The bird’s wings and feathers are eliminated, the swell of the…

Yombe Sculpture

The forested region of the Lower Zaire River is important in the artistic history of black Africa, because it boasts the greatest concentration of maternity figures and stone statuary. The focal point is the vast Yombe area where numerous individual styles may be found. The Kongo kingdom influenced the Yombe who, at one point of…

Tête

Tête is a limestone sculpture by Amedeo Modigliani and is among the most expensive works of art ever sold. Tête is one of 27 known sculptures by Modigliani and was made between 1910 and 1912. The limestone head stands over 2 feet tall and depicts the head of a woman wearing a tribal mask with…

Most Expensive Work By a Living Artist

Jeffrey Koons who was born January 21, 1955 is an American artist known for working with popular culture subjects and his reproductions of banal objects—such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces. He lives and works in both New York City and his hometown of York, Pennsylvania. His works have sold for…

The Guennol Lioness

The Guennol Lioness is a 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian statue found near Baghdad, Iraq. The limestone sculpture measures just over 8 cm (3.25 in) tall, it Depicts a muscular anthropomorphic lioness-woman, it sold for $57.2 million at Sotheby’s auction house on December 5, 2007.It was described by Sotheby’s as “one of the last known masterworks from the…

L’homme au doigt

Alberto Giacometti was an Italian sculpture who was born on the 10th of October 1901 in the canton Graubünden’s southerly alpine valley Val Bregaglia, as the eldest of four children to Giovanni Giacometti, a well-known post-Impressionist painter. Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draughts-man and print maker. Growing up, he had a strong artistic…

Senufo Female Statue

The Senufo Female Statue created by a Senufo artist known as the Master of Sikasso from Ivory Coast in the 19th or early 20th century, is the most valueable and most iconic piece of African Art. As half of the ancestral couple of the Senufo people, this statue would have been kept with her mate…