African art is among the most colorful of all native artwork in the world. This may seem like a big contradiction since African art is coming out from the so called mysterious 'dark continent' of Africa.
African art paintings can depict life in Africa with village scenes involving people doing everyday things such as cooking, caring for their children and playing. Of course, there are paintings as well as art prints of the majestic wildlife found in Africa including lions, elephants, giraffes and rhinos. Some African art paintings are quite realistic while some are abstract but both are very inspiring showing just how proud African artists are of their land.
Some of the most highly sought after pieces among collectors of African artwork are the African tribal masks. There are masks used for ceremonies, rituals, battle and for telling stories. African tribal masks can signify such diverse characteristics such as courage, strength, protection, peace, fertility, honor and wisdom. There are even tribal masks of African animals such as elephants, zebras and antelopes.
Artisans in Africa create a wide variety of carvings, sculptures and statues from different mediums. Pieces can be made from wood, clay and different types of metal. Subjects of African carvings include both people and African animals. Actual African carvings and sculptures can be stand alone pieces or as wall carvings.
Of course, anyone who has seen African people wear their traditional clothing will know that the African textiles and cloths are also very colorful. Not only can these fabrics be worn but they can also serve as nice wall hangings too.
When one sees the similarities of the colorful designs between the native artwork from the Caribbean and Africa, it becomes quite obvious where the influences of island art came from. The early African slaves who were taken over across the Atlantic ocean to the new world brought along their rich culture with them which included African art.
Today, African art can enrich the lives of people all over the world as more and more are discovering this genre of art. Exotic African art, whether a painting, mask or sculpture, will certainly be a great addition to any native tribal art collection.
See the different types of African art by clicking on the image or link below to get to our African Art gallery page.
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