The Artwork of Bushmama Africa
I love live painting sessions. On canvas on faces either way I'm on high with a brush in my hands.
::: My Digital Artwork:::
Print Sale: all these prints are 8x10 or 10x14 your choice $20/40 unframed $40/60 framed.
My artist name is Bushmama Africa. I chose this name in 1996 after deciding that I wanted my name to personify something outside of my self, something natural, something connected to the source of life. Since everything we need medicinally comes from the bush I wanted to be associated with health and healing. My belief is a mama is the essence of Goddess work therefore I had to claim that. Africa was added in 2003 after learning about the Africa Family with the film" Move". I joined solidarity with the family after screening "Move" for The Oakland Hip Hop Film Festival that I created with Kevin Epps. Meeting Romona Africa changed my life. It was Romona who helped me see how after 400yrs our government continues to prey on Black People who want true liberation and freedom. The name Bushmama Africa has followed me into theaters and venues all over the bay area where I've hosted or produced or performed. I continue to perform but this page is dedicate to my art work.
I started to paint seriously around 2004 and since then I discovered that art is truly healing work for me. I get lost in the work and once its done I'm always surprised at what comes out. It's clear to me that I'm channeling spirit when I work. My goal is to produce positive images of brown folks. My influence lately has been Afrodiasporic Deities, African Religion, Afro futurism and Afro Sci-fi. My love for mixed media and collage is now forming into assemblage. I plan on mixing several forms into my new work. I look forward to sharing what I produce next.
*I do commissioned work. Paintings, Graphic images for flyers, posters, business cards, t-shirts, album covers and any other project you have in mind. Feel free to contact me.
Visit me on www.bushmama.com
The Collectors Section: I'd like to publicly thank every person who has bought my work. Thank you for allowing me to create more.(these originals are sold)
"Love all the color." -- Teresa, OaklandA
"Her work speaks to my spirit." -- Laura, Florida
I have been asked to curate art exhibits every month at The Living Room Project.
Its been wonderful to connect with so many artist. Its been an honor to display the work of so many bay area artist
My latest exhibits are:
Ayaba - Honoring the Black Goddess
Mixed Ingredients - Mixed Media and Collage works
AfroSexual: The Visual - Erotic Photos and Artwork from a Black Perspective
Black August - Black Activist Art Review and Presentation
Divine Sight - Photo documents of life. Featuring the images of Semba Love and Sasha Kelly
Somarts Cultural Center/ The Black Woman is God 2016
Rosenblum Cellars / Solo Show 2016
We are One Badass Mutha/Oakland Terminal 2016
Solo Show/Yoga Love/ Oakland 2015
The Living Room Project/Oakland 2015
The Black Woman is God/African America Art Complex SF 2015
The Sacred Well Oakland 2012
Famous Four Colors Gallery Oakland 2012
Omiiroo Gallery Oakland 2011
The Black Box Oakland/Oakland Box Theater 2002, 2003, 2004
Jack London Gallery 2004
:::::Live Art Venues:::::::
Underground Soul Sessions -Era Oakland
Soul Selector - Disco Volante Oakland
The People - The New Parish Oakland
The San Francisco Poetry Slam - Mama Calizo's Voice Factory San Francisco
Oakland Poetry Slam - Oasis Oakland