Njideka Crosby: Naija Artist Breaking the Myths of ‘Authentic African Experience’

Talents like Nigerian-American artist, Njideka Crosby work hard to promote the REAL African experience!

When Crosby was 16, she came to U.S. to study Art. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Now, she creates lively paintings that depicts her personal experience and debunks the myths about the African culture.

In Guardian UK article, “The Nigerian artist who is exploding the myth of the ‘authentic African experience,” Crosby shed more light on her painting. She explained that ‘the reason most of the figures in her paintings were doing nothing was because she wanted to show that life in Nigeria was normal despite the several challenges facing the country.’

“Well, what is authentic – you think we don’t have these issues in Nigeria, too? Stuck in traffic, 30 minutes late for a meeting – that is the bulk of life. It’s a horrible example, but even in the midst of a tragedy like the Ebola epidemic – most people are probably just living their lives. That’s why so many of my figures [in the paintings]are really doing nothing. I think people sensationalize places in their heads, so I wanted to show just how normal life is in Nigeria.” she said

Mrs. Njideka Crosby has received multiple awards.She was listed in Foreign Policy’s Leading 100 Global Thinkers of 2015.Also, she got The Prix Canson 2016 and The Next Generation prize at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 2015. Among others, she went home with the 2015 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize at the Studio Museum in Harlem too.

Watch her interview below.


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