Art + Illustration

Art Inspired by Madiba

By Sean Chris Strydom Even though Nelson Mandela is gone, his work and his life in general remain to inspire us. And artists play a pivotal role in making sure that Madiba remains in the forefront of our minds. He …

Sibande’s Sophie

South African artist, Mary Sibande, tells an engaging and inspiring story about dreaming and rising above your station. She uses her history (her mother and grandmother were both domestic servants in apartheid South Africa) and human sized sculptures fashioned …

Lines, Streets and Riots

“There’s a strange kind of dance visitors to the Julie Mehretu show at London’s White Cube gallery take part in which is jolly fun to observe. At first they stand and take in the huge paintings, then move forward, faces …

Tribes – A Poetic Interpretation

Graphic Artist, Alexandria Robinson, was given the challenge of interpreting three poems about African tribes into graphics. She aced it. In Kenya the fierce tribe of Maasai rule the plains cause them grief and they will split your brains…

Illustrations for Nigerian Folktale

These beautiful illustrations are by Archana Sreenivasan for Toot Magazine, a new play and learn children’s illustrated magazine. The illustrations are for a Nigerian folktale retold for Toot Magazine. The story is about how the clever and wise tortoise …

Blue Skies over Dakar

Swiss photographer, Natalie Disenrens, visits Dakar in Senegal and photographs her view of the vistas in the city. She sees it how most foreigners who visit for tourism see it – the streets, monuments, buildings (which still show hints …

Sharee Miller Illustrations

These illustrations by Sharee Miller are exactly what she says they are – ‘coily and cute’. Miller is an illustrator living in New York City who specializes in cuteness and natural hair. Her illustrations are simply adorable – each featuring …

Artful Crowds by Dr. Glover

Ablade Glover is an award winning Ghanian painter that is ‘fondly referred to as the grandfather of contemporary art in Ghana’. His works are simply explosive. He depicts crowds in artful disarray that appears not in the least confused. See …

Life Paintings by Mthethwa

Zwelethu Mthethwa is a South African painter that has gotten mass acclaim in South Africa. He uses a wide range of vivid colours to depict local people going about their daily lives; from a young girl relaxing in her home, …

Mntambo’s Cowhide Sculptures

Nandipha Mntambo is an artist, photographer and sculptor from Swaziland, although she currently lives in South Africa. Of all her works, her sculptures fascinate me the most. It’s interesting how these sculptures attract and repulse all at once. Her favourite …