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HOT ON HER HEELS: 5 Facts On @njidekaakunyilicrosby
Telling tangled yet subtle stories about the African diaspora, Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Cros...
Fempire 29 Jul 2016

Crosby
Telling tangled yet subtle stories about the African diaspora, Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby has captured the spirit and soul of black folks. On collages of her with exquisitely painted figures, luminous interiors and political elements are seeped that entitles her Studio Museum Awards 2015 Wein Artist Prize. Read and learn how she sparked her career here!
1. It’s lucky to be art girls… at the age of 16, Ms. Crosby won a green card lottery in Enugu – her hometown!
2. Her paper with paper with patches acrylic, and charcoal made her the recipient of 2016 Prix Canson.
3. Crosby was selected to attend the Yale University School of Art’s Master’s program. Mind it, only top-ranked five arts graduate would be chosen!
4. When Njideka left for the US during childhood, she aimed to be a doctor. She changed her mind after studying a degree in biology and fine art. Despite pressure from her family, the artist has gritty determination to depict American husbands and traditional Nigerian wedding ceremony.
5. Instead of telling a Nigerian life in the States, work of Crosby is “more like a very interesting liminal space”. Do you agree?
Instagram: @njidekaakunyilicrosby
Photo via SF MoMA

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