In art, masks take an important role. I am definitely attracted to their stories
Regularly, artists find their inspiration in simple moments or things. Others may dismiss these moments or things, but we become fixated on them and create a connection with them through our art.
I had one of these experiences in Luanda, Angola, where I lived in 2007. I was preparing for an art showing at the Celamar Gallery in Luanda, there was a group of dancers practicing on a stage outside the gallery.
During this time, I was struggling to decide what pieces I was going to show at my own show later that year. The exhibition was going to be held at that same gallery where I saw the girls practicing. One of the dancers stuck out to me and I immediately created a composition in my head.
Later that year, in the same place where my inspiration to create the African Dancer was born, I held my solo exhibition and showed the painting.