My name is Stephen Aifegha, I was born in Lagos state; the western part of Nigeria often known as the New York of Nigeria, due to its metropolitan structure backed up with the daily hustle and bustle.
My artistic practice is influenced by my identity and culture as an African, being born and raised in Nigeria; however, I like to identify myself more as African than “Nigerian”.
I am a mixed media artist who uses original African fabrics and newsprint as a major element in my art, the African fabrics are used to show my identity as an African and also give an insight about my subject matter or narrative as it concerns issues regarding the African continent and the diaspora, the newsprint at the other hand, I use to seek texture and also make social commentary. Both the fabrics and newsprint put together creates a feeling of dynamism to the viewer.
However, my subject matter and narrative as mixed-media artist center on historical, social, cultural issues that concern Africa in regard to cultural syncretism, identity issues, culture clash, and pride. My art sort of activism regarding the problem and issues faced by the continent of Africa which draws backs to pre-colonial and post-colonial history in reference to the setbacks it has caused for Africa today.
I’m creating a new world on my canvas, a world where I can tell striking issues and narratives regarding the African society, my art is sort of activism against colonialism, slavery, and migration as these are the major causes of the crisis which Africans all over the world face and I am doing this through Afro-futurism which is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science, and technology seen through a “black” lens.