Victor Ekpuk

Victor is an internationally-renowned Nigerian-American artist based in Washington, D.C. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures reimagine the ancient Nigerian communication system, Nsibidi, to explore a diverse spectrum of meaning addressing historical narratives, the contemporary African diaspora, and humanity’s connection to the sacred. Much of his work is figurative- his public art is this blogger’s favorite.

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Mavis Pusey

In 1946, eighteen-year-old Mavis Pusey moved to New York from Jamaica to study at the Traphagen School of Fashion and, later, at the Art Students League. By 1969, she had worked in London as a patternmaker for Singer for nearly a decade. She then returned to New York to work at Robert Blackburn’s printmaking workshop—an important collaborative studio where artists were encouraged to experiment and freely exchange ideas.

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Algernon Miller

Algernon (like Ellsworth) is a father of Afrofuturist art. Educated at the School of Visual Arts (1965-67) and The New School (1967-68) during America’s cultural revolution, Miller’s Downtown art world included happenings and Pop, Fluxus and Warhol films, the Beat poets and jazz. Uptown, he absorbed African drumming, African-American dance, and Afrocentric fashion.

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