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Vin Azor was born in 1963 in Accra, Ghana.

Azor is a brilliant, self taught and very prolific artist who expresses himself through many different types of art form. His work is mostly in oil on canvas and at times he adds other materials for texture or special effects. His paintings are usually filled with bright colors which bring the images he creates to life, create depth of movement and sets the tone of the mood for the setting. At other times the subtle colors in his paintings allow one to feel the serenity of the landscapes and the lifeblood of the local people or communities depicted in them. The unique characters that he splashes across the canvas tell a story for and about themselves.

Azor’s work has been acquired by private collectors from the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His work has also been exhibited in a few exhibits in the US, Europe and Africa. 

The artist says of himself:

“My creativity is truly a gift from God. My surroundings and my inner feelings of movement and space influence me. I am intrigued by the relationships between people and their relationships with their surroundings. I just attempt to capture all of this through the strokes of my brush. I want to share what I perceive in the most meaningful and lasting way with others. My paintings are the best way of achieving this.

I also have great imagination and this aspect of my personality comes through in those of my paintings where I really enjoy creating my own fictional characters and showing them engaged in real life activities. I do not restrict or limit myself to one particular way of painting. I just let my imagination go in whichever direction that it wants to go - my hand and brush simply follow.”
Honoré Bognan was born in 1973 in Bongouanou, Côte d’Ivoire.

As far back as primary school Bognan knew that in art lay his passion. He pursued this passion over the years but eventually enrolled in the National School of Fine Arts in Côte d’Ivoire in 1996. Although he started out studying music, in 1998 he finally decided to pursue and make a career out of painting. 

Bognan continued to hone his artistic skills by understudying a well known local Ghanaian artist and this enabled him to develop his own style. Bognan’s paintings are usually  composed of oil and acrylic paints on canvas. He also experiments with oil and acrylic on fabrics made of traditional natural materials. 

A deeply committed Christian, Bognan believes the teaching of the Bible that says that “all things are possible for those who believe”. His success as an artist has been a living testimony to him of this Biblical teaching.  Bognan’s work can be found in private collections in many parts of the world including the US, Europe and Africa. He has participated also in several exhibits in the US, Europe and Africa. 

The artist says of himself:

“First and foremost, I am greatly inspired by women – the human source of our existence. So, most of my paintings tend to be of women. Also, as I see it, the world is so full of suffering that I strive to ensure that the subject matter of my paintings is not unpleasant.

My desire is feel that wherever my paintings are found in the world, those who buy them will see reflected in them joy, understanding, and peace.”
Seth Kwaku Chrison was born in 1957 in a forest region in eastern Ghana and at the age of ten years old he moved to the savannah region in northeast of Ghana. The two types of geographical regions in which Chrison has lived have given him very different perspectives of life which are now reflected in his work. Chrison graduated from the Kumasi School of Fine Arts in 1982 and thereafter taught at that school for three years before deciding to pursue his career as an artist. Initially Chrison was greatly influenced in the figurative style of painting by the renowned Ghanaian artist, Ato Delaquis, who had been his professor and mentor, Delaquis’ brother, a sculptor, also influenced Chrison in cubism and traditional African art styles. 

Chrison started out painting in oil but when he moved to Côte d’Ivoire in 1990 he began experimenting with watercolor. His paintings of the old Ivorian capital, Grand Bassam, were such a success that he continued to use watercolor for some time. He later switched back to oil painting and currently paints almost exclusively in oil. Chrison’s work has been exhibited in individual and group exhibitions in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and England and can be found in private collections in such parts of the world as the US, Europe and Africa. 

The artist says of himself:

“I consider myself as ‘an artist without borders’. My knowledge of various styles and techniques of painting permits me a great deal of freedom in expressing what inspires me. My sources of inspiration are traditional African art, especially when I paint people or images that relate directly to the African tradition. I love to travel and my journeys give me natural, original vibrations of being close to nature – whether it is in the desert or game parks with wild animals. I must admit, however, that because of my mother’s very positive influence in my life, I am very much inspired by women and they consequently feature prominently in the vast majority of my paintings.”
Wala Mahgoub Ibrahim Hassan is a native of the Sudan. She studied English and French at the University of Khartoum and Wala currently works as an Administrative Assistant for an international company.

Wala became interested in drawing at the age of 7 years old and is, for the most part, a self-taught artist, who has developed her skills in various media including acrylic paint, oil and mainly charcoal. Wala finds herself drawn to capturing the essence of women on canvas and Canson.

While her artwork has appeared in five exhibitions, Wala looks forward to holding her own solo exhibition. She explains:

“Art is my life. I can’t imagine my life without it … it’s like second nature to me. I feel 100% ‘me’ with a pencil in my hand.”

Wala’s ultimate goal is to become a full-time professional artist and have a studio in New York City.
Olayinka Taylor-Lewis was born of a Sierra-Leonian, diplomatic father and an adventurous, German mother. She spent most of her childhood in Africa attending international schools, and after mastering in Communications and Marketing in the USA, she now lives in France.

Since her teenage years, Olayinka has had a passion for art and has been continuously creative. She discovered her love for dry pastels when she borrowed someone else’s colors at an art class, and now uses this medium to capture moods and flashes of life that inspire her. Olayinka most enjoys African portraits.

“I am drawn to the multitude of different expressions one can find in a face, and although I no longer live in Africa, it remains a very important part of my daily life. Using Africa as an inspiration helps bring warmth to my every day. In my drawings I give my interpretation of the beauty I see, and let the portraits express themselves.”
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