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Afro Pop Art Is Reviving Nigeria's Forgotten Legends

Nigerian-born artist William Chechet’s digital art adds a different layer to representations of Africa.

06/12/2017 13:58 SAST | Updated 06/12/2017 14:03 SAST
William Chechet

Nigerian pop artist William Chechet is adding a new layer to African art –– commemorating Nigerians who have shaped the country's history in his art.

Chechet, whose biggest inspirations are pop-art greats like Eduardo Paolozzi, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami and Brian Donnelly, said his art hopes to change the perception of Africa's legends, elevating them to the same status as those in the West.

He wants to "immortalise renowned Nigerians who have helped build the nation through the use of pop art," he told CNN.

Check out some of his work below:

⚡️⚡️⚡️ 3 prints of my pieces from the 'We Are The North Series' were donated to The Museum Of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts @mocada_museum I'm delighted to support this important institute. . The pieces were exhibited last night and auctioned at the Gala amongst other selected amazing artists. . . Exhibition and Auction curated by @joakimvonditmar . . #mocadagala2017 #aution #supportart #black #blackart #mocadagala #SaniOneBlow #newyork #newyorkart #joakimvonditmar #africa #nigeria #arewa #chungai #bajju #williamschechet

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