5 Female African Artists you should know

Talk about Art for a cause and these amazing artists come to mind. they use therir works to express themselves and express the thoughts of others too. from human rights, body positivity, culture and tradition to gender eqaulity, they have been able to contribute and speak out through their works, winning noteworthy awards in the past years.

check out the list below.

Njideka Akinyuli Crosby 


Nijdeka’s art is a personal metaphor of memory and the definition of her identity between two societies. She mixes the classic academic western technique with her personal life, Nigerian and American culture and African traditions. She composes scenes from her everyday life between two countries, using western elements like portrait and still life to realize non-western scenes. Her work always features scenes of intimacy of she and her husband. She carefully chooses

Sokari Douglas Camp


Sokari Douglas Camp is a prolific Nigerian sculptor from Buguma who studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Central School of Art and Design, and the Royal College of Art in London, where she currently resides. Her sculptures often depict Kalabari. A town in Rivers State Nigeria. Her works speak specifically to Nigeria.




The street artist Faith47 from South Africa is famous for her varied approach to her art, and for her rousing artworks. Her art practices and often utilizes found objects, aged city walls and intimate canvases. Her resulting artworks explore themes of identity, politics and relationships with space.


Ghada Amer


Amer describes herself primarily as a painter, her work spans and combines multiple mediums. Most notably, she uses embroidery and gardening, labor that is typically categorized as domestic and feminine and often deemed hobbies rather than art.



Mickalene Thomas


Mickalene Thomas makes paintings, collages, photography, video, and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power. Blurring the distinction between object and subject, concrete and abstract, real and imaginary, Thomas constructs complex portraits, landscapes, and interiors in order to examine how identity, gender, and sense-of-self are informed by the ways women (and “feminine” spaces) are represented in art and popular culture.


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