ART: Njideka Akunyili Takes Us On An Ethnic Art Journey

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“My art addresses my internal tension between my deep love for Nigeria, my country of birth, and my strong appreciation for Western culture?”

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Nigerian born, U.S.-based artist Njideka Akunyili started college planning to be a doctor, but left as an artist and is now billed as one of New York’s most promising new talents and  is fast becoming the art world’s newest star.

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“Nigeria is almost a third character in my work,” she said. “A lot of my work is about investigating my love for Nigeria and my life in America.

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“My art addresses my internal tension between my deep love for Nigeria, my country of birth, and my strong appreciation for Western culture…The work deals with various themes but the overarching thread is that I’m availing myself of Western painting to seek out a new visual language. In my work disparate elements clash together to give rise to a distinctive yet cohesive whole.  ”
– Njideka Akunyili, Interview with Arise Magazine

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The work deals with various themes but the overarching thread is that I’m availing myself of Western painting to seek out a new visual language. In my work disparate elements clash together to give rise to a distinctive yet cohesive whole.

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