Le Fantasico

As a child , I remember watching those Brazillian festivals on TV. Their exotic, colorful and revealing costumes, well toned bodies, flashy and shiny make up and athletic performances that made their street festivals look so much fun. O! how I dream of Brazil. My parents travelled to Brazil and bought me this lovely spaghetti strapped dress. It had somany colors that it lit me up like a rainbow. I wore it till it became a skirt and I wore that skirt till it could fit me no more.

When I was twelve, I took part in the West Indies Festival in Lagos Nigeria. I was a Fire Bird, with a big bright orange head gear and fire feathers on my arms and my tails. We danced the streets, we showed off our colors, we wagged our tails as we made merry. I was having my own Brazillian Festival moment, one I would never forget.

Comming to America and learning so much more about the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, I have learnt that a lot of kidnapped Africans were taken to Brazil and enslaved there. The Brazillian culture has subsequently been highly influenced by Africans. The music, the dancing, the food, the dressing and so much more. No wonder I loved those Brazillian festivals so much.

Living here in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have found a touch of Brazil. It reminds me of how they sang ‘Le Fantasico’ as they paraded the streets of Brazil.SONY DSC

NIETZCHE: We Are Not Of This World

I have always believed that we come from something much greater than ourselves. We are born, we live and then we die, probably to be reborn again, probably not. We will probably be a spirit floating through universes, wondering what our next life will be. There are somany unanswered questions about our existence.

This painting titled “Nietzche” is my interpretation of humans having superhuman qualities that removes us from this world even though live in it. The name comes from a German philospher, ‘Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. He was also a cultural critic, poet and composer, known to embrace the idea of the world beyond.

I captured my subject in a way that gives him superhuman qualities. He is out of this world and represents an existence that is more than meets the eye.

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I guess that no matter who we are, our color, race, nationality or religion, it is the transcience of this life that’s our commonality. Though we are all in this world, we are not of it.

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A Painting for a Leather Jacket

I love the city of San Francisco and am constantly inspired by its uniqueness. This is what drives me to paint Cityscapes , especially rainy day scenes. So I painted a street scene with “West Coast Leather” store in it. Is a 12×24 piece with lovely colors and on a rainy day.

I was walking by the store last week, just coming from the post office and decided to pop into West Coast Leather for the first time. I was amazed at their line of leather wear. The store smelt good, I have never seen so much leather all packed in one place.

I introduced myself to the owners Skip and Joe, two lovely gentlemen and told them about the painting. I then showed them a picture of it and they were amazed. They offered me a trade, “the painting for a leather jacket” , it was an offer I could not refuse.

I wear my leather jacket with pride. It’s a reminder of the skills I have and how it impacts lives. I thank God for making me an artist. The leather jacket makes that painting all the more interesting.

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Updates on Nina Fabunmi Fine Art

Nina Fabunmi Fine Art will like to send a sincere thank you message for your continuous patronage. Thank you all for being an integral part of my work and of my growth as an artist. Welcome to 2015, another exciting year to create art. I want to share the following with you.

ORIGINS CATALOGUE
My ‘Origins’ Catalogue for my 2nd solo exhibition which was in June 2014 is now available on my blog. Please visit http://ninartz.me or http://www.ninartz.me to view . You can also click on the link below to take you there

Click to access nina-fabunmi_origins-catalogue.pdf

New Land, New Life, New People.
New Land, New Life, New People.

REBIRTH
I am currently preparing for my 3rd Solo Exhibition titled “Rebirth: New Land, New Life, New People” , it will Capture the San Francisco Bay Area and the Diversity of its People. The show will take place from March 6th to April 25th. I have attached the details and will still send out a notice closer to the exhibition date

AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR
I will be featured in the February Edition of the ‘ American Art Collector’ . This edition is specially devoted to Cityscapes. I feel really honored to have been contacted by the publishing team of one of the most renowed art magazines in America.

This year, I will like to focus more on Cityscapes as I am exploring the Bay area a little more. I will still do portraits and figures but more cityscapes.

Things are looking up and I am super excited to keep you all posted.

Thank you