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6 Black Male Visual Artists from Toronto to Look Out For!

Check out these awesome visual artists from Toronto that are killing the game right now.

Komi Olaf is a visual artist and poet. He is currently represented by Agora Gallery in New York city.

Gyimah Litsitso Gariba is a freelance illustrator, designer and animator from Ghana living in Toronto.

Chris Ofili Returns: Into the Unknown

Chris Ofili paints in a dilapidated white cottage on Lady Chancellor Road, about ten minutes from downtown Port of Spain, in Trinidad. It has three rooms, each large enough to accommodate one or two of the strange, dreamlike paintings he is working on. Aside from taking out the kitchen, Ofili has done nothing to the cottage. Rickety windows on one side are propped open with sticks. No air-conditioner, no screens, no studio assistant. The house clings to a steep hillside, the floor slants downhill, and the floorboards sag and groan.

The Best African Art in 2014

2014 had no shortage of exceptional images and stories from the African art world. Artists like Wangechi Mutu, Hassan Hajjaj, and Chris Saunders continued to perfect their trade with exhibition openings across the globe. Morocco opened its first contemporary art museum. Street art took over Accra’s streets for the fourth year running. The Brooklyn Museum made a commitment to African art with an ambitious new long-term installation. 1:54 in London, Europe’s leading contemporary African art fair, drew in work by over 100 of the Continent’s top artists.

How Art Can Save a Life

"Salvation came in the form of art. I had always loved painting and my parents were proud and supportive. Inspired by fashion magazines, I drew androgynous women in sultry outfits and souped up stances. As I honed my skills, the art fizzed with a fantastical, psychedelic exuberance. I was a repressed gay teenager, and these images - and the act of creating them - helped me to externalize my dreams and desires without fearing denunciation."

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