ED CROSS FINE ART at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

September 27, 2015

Ed Cross Fine Art are exhibiting for the first time at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Somerset House from October 15th-18th, 2015.

The gallery will present three very different African and Diaspora artists – the Mozambican photographer Mario Macilau, the painter and sculptor, Eric Pina from Senegal and British painter Kimathi Donkor (fresh from his solo show in Johannesburg).

Mario Macilau, who is a painter as well as a photographer, started his journey in to photography in around 2003 from the streets of Maputo. His career began in earnest when he traded his mother's cell phone for his first camera in 2007. He specializes in long term projects often focusing on socially and economically marginalized groups.

Macilau’s Growing on Darkness series is part of the Vatican Museum’s exhibition at the 2015 Venice Biennale and works from his Moments in Transition series celebrating the style of young Mozambicans features prominently in Vitra Museum’s acclaimed Making Africa show. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, and was a finalist in the Unicef Photo of the Year in 2009. His work has featured regularly in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both in his home country and abroad, including The Saatchi Gallery’s Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America, 2014.

Eric Pina studied L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Dakar before completing his training in France where he received a Degree from Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Mulhouse et de Haute-Alsace. He now lives and works in Hanover, Germany. 

Pina’s work focuses on people and their momentary interactions stripped bare of architecture and their immediate environment. Figures are either on their own isolated journeys or movement or frozen in brief and always ambiguous encounters and reunions. The artist seeks to capture these snapshots of everyday life in the city. He is fascinated by the instant glimpse – the moment of the encounter. Pina creates a parallel universe which is often elegant but not idyllic. 

Pina’s work spans the media of painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. He was selected for and exhibited at Senegal’s Dak’Art Biennale 2014 and has had solo shows in Germany, Switzerland, Canada and France.
Kimathi Donkor is a master painter in a digital age. His work steeped in historical, contemporary and art history references that inform, entertain and challenge. His paintings are both aesthetically pleasing works of art and complex political/historical conundrums.

Donkor’s compositions draw on antique traditions of portraiture and history painting. Yet works address dramatic modern subjects – ranging from urban conflict in contemporary London to the adventures of Ghana’s anti-colonial heroine, Yaa Asantewaa.

His solo exhibitions include “Some Clarity of vision” Gallery Momo, (Johannesburg, 2015) 'Daddy, I want to be a black artist' at Peckham Platform (London, 2013), 'Queens of the Undead' at Iniva (London, 2012) and 'Fall/Uprising' (London, 2005). Group exhibitions include, 'What's Going On' at the Usher Gallery (Lincoln, 2013-2015) and the 29th São Paulo Biennial at the Ciccillo Matarazzo pavilion (Brazil, 2010).

He is currently completing a doctorate in painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Ed Cross Fine Art (established in 2009) is a non traditional visual arts dealership specializing in visual arts from the African continent and its diaspora as well as artists who have a significant and enduring connection with the continent. Artists include Nathalie Bikoro, Kimathi Donkor, Eric Pina, Mario Macilau, Lovemore Kambudzi and Charles Sekano.

Ed Cross Fine Art has presented shows in Los Angeles (Cyrus Kabiru’s C-Stunners, 2012) and St Louis, Senegal (Nathalie Bikoro: The Yellow Crossing 2011), Johannesburg Art Fair (Lovemore Kambudzi: I have walked through the crowds, 2011) South Africa as well as London. Its most recent show was Mario Macilau: The Road not Taken in March 2015, in conjunction with The Auction Room.

Founder, Ed Cross, has been heavily involved with the promotion of art from Africa and its Diaspora over the last ten years. He established Ed Cross Fine Art in 2009 on his return from Kenya where he lived and worked for over 20 years.