Location: United States
My name is Stephen Aifegha, I was born in Lagos state; the western part of Nigeria often known as the New York of Nigeria, due to its metropolitan structure backed up with the daily hustle and bustle. My artistic practice is influenced by my identity and culture as an African, being born and raised in Nigeria; however, I like to identify myself more as African than “Nigerian”. I'm a professional visual and creative artist, with mastery in art and design, I'm a contemporary African painter who currently works and lives in the united states, I hold a bachelor’s degree in art and a minor in visual communication.
My subject matter and narrative as a contemporary African artist centers on historical, social, and cultural issues that concern Africa regarding Post colonialism, cultural syncretism, culture clash, and pride. My art is an activism regarding these problems and issues faced by the continent of Africa. It draws back to pre-colonial and post-colonial setbacks that have caused tremendous distress for Africa today.
I am a mixed media artist who uses original African fabrics and newsprint as a major element in my art, the African fabrics are used to show my identity as an African and give an insight into my subject matter or narrative as it concerns issues regarding the African continent and the diaspora, the newsprint at the other hand, I use to seek texture and make social commentary. Both the fabrics and newsprint put together create a feeling of dynamism for the viewer
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