Forme Femine Art features visual talent that explores
afro-femininity in personal theory and artistic form.
Selected artists include both self-taught and formally trained individuals. They portray the feminine not as a static object, but as central to creating a multilayered visual commentary on the relationship between art and society as informed by the African context.
From their large-scale portraits to subdued abstract strokes, artists represent every region of the continent. They offer the finest reflections on the diversity of thought and style that the subject of afro-femininity can offer.
Chinwe Chigbu (b.1994) is from Abia State, Nigeria. She works in abstract and conceptual photography, performance art, and writing among other mediums. These others include her own body, which she combines with everyday material objects to explore the boundaries between reality and illusion. She draws inspiration from nature, material objects, history, popular culture, society and environmental spaces. Chigbu explores identity politics and the black female body in contemporary society.
Odirile Makaku is a Johannesburg based self-taught digital artist, who enjoys majority of mediums in the creative world; from contemporary art, poetry, singing, sculpting, installations to interior design, architecture and more. She believes that art is more like a religion, a spiritual journey where insanity meets illusion. Odirile was brought up in a diplomatic household, with constant traveling and adapting to new cultures and cities.
Afrocentric Figure Abstraction
Paul Ayihawu was born in Badagry, the ancient city in Lagos, Nigeria.
His art is the contemporary interpretation of his African nature - his works capture the lifestyle and values of Africa; exploring moral and ethical values of culture in a new light.
Ayihawu works to express his feelings on changing socio-cultural issues; posing a question, solution or an alternate path in response to challenging issues in an aesthetic, revolutionary yet transformational way.
Ayihawu's vision is to stir up hope, freedom, love and peace in the hearts of people through his art.
Born Elizabeth Omolara Adenugba, Clara has been illustrating professionally since 1999. She studied Painting and Decorating at Federal Science Technical College, Yaba. Her portrait addresses the impact of climate change on the environment, with a particular focus on Lagos city and its inhabitants.
Ebuka Pascal Agudiegwu
Ebuka Pascal Agudiegwu is a self-taught artist from Imo state, Nigeria and currently resides In Abuja. started making art from childhood and ventured in professionally in 2017 when he realized he could use his art as a tool to pass concise messages that would influence a positive change in his immediate environment and beyond. Ebuka loves to draw and paint, and his creative instincts has enabled him carve a niche in the realm of surrealism. His recent works explore conversations around Precolonial African civilisations and their influences on African descendants.
Ejiofor Ogochukwu (b. 1988) is a Lagos-based visual artist from Anambra who received her BA and MFA degrees from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and the University of Benin, respectively. Her art ranges from paintings on canvas to wall installations. Ejiofor enjoys experimenting with discarded items, especially those she encounters in her daily life. "Trash to Wealth" is one of her art mantras, implying that she keeps her environment clean and makes every waste useful.
Digital artist Zida Kalu (b. 1998) is inspired by portraits of women and the spectral range of colors. Using her mobile phone and her fingers, she practices an iterative (re)creation of portraits. Kalu embraces versatility through mosaic, scribbling and abstract art. She insists that artists should be able to experiment through any form of art.
Zida Kalu is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Sinclair’s work is centred around black identity. “With my art I speak on our hopes, our strength and our beauty as a people, it is also a means to rewrite the black narrative, retell black history, and highlight our need for unity. The fragility of a single thread points at our weakness when we choose to stand alone. The layering of thread on thread almost seems to wax an impenetrable fortress which points at our strength if we all stand together”. Like the African proverb that says, “The strength of the broom lies not in the power of a single frond but in the resilience of its united fronds.”