This original colored pencil drawing on board by African-born, Columbus-based artist Talle Bamazi (1966-) depicts a lone female nude, a cyclops, seated and working at a sewing machine in a display of surrealistic wit and charm. A revered master in the Columbus art scene, Bamazi often blends traditional African imagery with the philosophy of contemporary art, leading him to foster relationships with other, prominent African-American artists such as Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson and April Sunami. This original drawing is framed in black and has been signed by the artist in the lower right hand corner of the board.
About the Artist:
Talle Bamazi (1966-) was born into the Kabiye ethnic group in northern Togo and began his artistic career as an apprentice to his uncle, a traditional Togolese artist. Although he studied architecture in Lomé, Bamazi returned to painting and developed his own distinctive style, bridging traditional African art with that of the contemporary art movements of the present day. After moving to the United States, Bamazi studied at the Art Students League of New York and earned a MFA at the New York Academy of Art before moving to Columbus, Ohio. From 2004 until 2011, Bamazi operated a gallery called KIACA (Kabiye Impact Contemporary African Art), which was the only black-owned gallery in Columbus' noted arts' district, the Short North, and one of the few black-owned galleries in the city. KIACA served as an influential talent incubator for many Columbus-area African and African-American artists, including psycheñwelic painter April Sunami and Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. Bamazi also served as the lead artist-in-residence at the King Arts Complex, where his monumental series of life-sized portraits of Columbus-area black artists was featured at the Columbus Museum of Art and now hangs in the historic Pythian theater. Bamazi continues to live and work in Columbus and has had his work featured in Art in America, Monarch Magazine, C-BUS Magazine, Valentine New York Art Magazine, and Diva Magazine, among many others.
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