From Frieze to 1-54—Works to Buy from Contemporary African Artists

Collaged cowboys, portraits of monarchs and miners, and inspiring textile art—this is just a taste of the vibrant work by contemporary African artists working today.

As you explore the great art on view during Spring Fairs Week, don’t miss their works at fairs across New York City. From 1-54 in Red Hook to Frieze on Randall’s Island—collect fresh art by Yinka Shonibare, George Osodi, Lawrence Lemaoana, and more.

To buy any of these works below, you can click on the image to contact the gallery directly.


Frieze New York

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Shonibare’s colorful, patterned style is instantly recognizable—and you can visit his 23-foot-tall wind sculpture in Central Park after the fairs.

£2,500–5,000

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George Osodi

The celebrated photojournalist has investigated a wide variety of subjects, from the culture of Nigerian monarchs to the working conditions of Ghanaian gold miners.

£4,000–16,000

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Taiye Idahor

With a collage aesthetic, the Nigerian artist layers braided newsprint with intricate colored pencil drawings to explore her female and African identities.

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Frieze New York

William Kentridge

The multidisciplinary South African artist is celebrated for his set designs, including his recent production of Wozzeck at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Uthman Wahaab

In his Victorian Lagos series, Wahaab features African men and women sitting in traditionally Western poses—and each holding paper with the inscription “OMINIRA” (freedom, in Yoruba) in their hands.

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Ambroise Ngaimoko

Featured in Foundation Cartier’s Beauté Congo, Ngaimoko is known for his youthful portraits filled with extravagant props and costumes.

€1,000–2,500

Frieze New York

Misheck Masamvu

Masamvu’s expressive paintings almost always evoke the human figure—and his gestural compositions were shown at the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 54th International Venice Biennale.

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Lawrence Lemaoana

Lemaoana employs Kanga fabric for his text-based textiles, choosing the medium for its historic role in trade imbalances from East to South Africa.

$9,800


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