Folk motives in artworks have always been popular, and special place occupy African style paintings — bright and colourful, full of life energy and exotic charm of African continent.
The overview of African art
African art is something very exotic to European or American people. It doesn't use symbols that can often be met and recognized in Western art — for example, Christianity symbols and motives. Traditional pictures often seem to be primitive and showing simple figures and scenes using various bright colours — much brighter than any European artist would use.
All types of African art can be divided into several groups:
- prehistoric rock paintings;
- traditional African sculpture (including wooden sculpture);
- mask art, created mostly in secret societies.
Artworks created by ancient African tribes or modern artists often have human figures as the most important part of composition. People are depicted in common life, taking part in religious rituals or during hunting. Hunting is an important topic of African art which was popular in prehistoric times and remains in the top until now.
Works of African authors almost always show people in action and three-dimensionally, with recognizable expression of individualism. The interesting thing about this type of art is that it is multi-functional: artworks can be used for religious purpose, as a decoration or to entertain.
Choosing a painting to buy
Most of the African style paintings represented at online gallery ART.biz display local people in traditional costumes, rich animal world, pictures of everyday life and breathtaking landscapes of a dark continent. The artworks may be performed in very different styles but they all are inspired by Africa.
To help you imagine the size of a painting we created an option of viewing it on a wall with original proportions saved so you can decide if it isn’t too small or too big for your room.
Each artwork offered for sale in our online gallery can be delivered worldwide. You can buy an original canvas from artists or collectors who live and work in different countries. Our goal is not simply to sell artworks but to create useful and effective portal where artists, collectors, sellers and buyers could meet each other.