The Easel

The modern African art of Malangatana

Malangatana was raised in rural Mozambique where witchcraft was part of daily life. That influence shone in his work, “allegorical, a dense assembly of phantasmagoric depictions of animals, humans” One might hesitate about claims that he helped define an “Africanist aesthetic” but Malangatana was undoubtedly a pioneer for contemporary African art. A review of his Chicago show is here.