Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

None of the images posted here belong to me unless stated otherwise.

Get To Know: Artist André Hora

André Hora is a Brazilian/British artist and freelance illustrator whom I met in a chilly New York last year. At that time, we found ourselves in the company of Artist Tim Okamura during a personal interview regarding his popular paintings. On the rooftop of Tim’s art studio, André and I looked over at the city of Manhattan splayed out in front of us and it was there I learnt about his art. We discussed his different influences within the art world and I was so fascinated by his work that I later had to contact him for an interview.

Y: Can you tell us a little bit about your art? Some of your pieces have a distinct African flare to them. With the several cultural and identity labels within Brazil, have any of them affected you as an artist and in what ways?

André: I would define my art as narrative, especially the late works, almost all of which are telling a story, a myth or describing a day-to-day situation. On my early works we see a lot of faces and skulls – I was obsessed by the human head!  I didn’t attend a formal art school, although I learnt to draw at a very early age with my Dad (who is an architect), and since then I have attended several private lessons and workshops in Brazil, France and in the UK where I am based. I am drawn to Afro-Brazilian culture and particularly to Yoruba mythology as we find in Candomblé (a mixture of traditional Yoruba, Fon, Ewe and Bantu beliefs).  Not only because I come from Bahia, but because my great-great-grandmother was a slave. I was always fascinated by this ancestor of mine I knew so little about. So from my Portuguese, Native American and African origins, I find myself very influenced on my art by the latter – both aesthetically and philosophically.

(read more of the interview)

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic

  1. psychadelicshiat reblogged this from maghrabiyya
  2. petrichorandsun reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  3. lucumizapatista reblogged this from beretta765
  4. beadolland-fuck reblogged this from psychotichemp
  5. psychotichemp reblogged this from pardon-my-obsessive-tendencies
  6. pardon-my-obsessive-tendencies reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  7. utt-opia reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  8. lordsoul-ibshall reblogged this from prosetitute
  9. prosetitute reblogged this from black-culture and added:
    Thanks, D! They’re beautiful.
  10. 87bluespots reblogged this from rzrtonguedpoet
  11. rzrtonguedpoet reblogged this from almstpoetic
  12. sidneeintheseventies reblogged this from untraditionalgrowth and added:
  13. palomayombe reblogged this from christopheralopez and added:
  14. thepeckeffect reblogged this from electricbounce
  15. naldo35 reblogged this from la-pitonisa-tropical
  16. zesfullyqueen reblogged this from superficiallyprofound
  17. superficiallyprofound reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  18. thestoutorialist reblogged this from black-culture
  19. mirisr reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  20. quatro2zero reblogged this from wickdpleasures
  21. abundance-is-my-divine-right reblogged this from wickdpleasures
  22. wickdpleasures reblogged this from yagazieemezi