AfroUniversal: Back to Africa

From its opening, the AfroUniversal Fine Art Gallery has often featured a wide range of artists from across the globe, including last year’s showcase event featuring Salvador de Montesinos. However, the focus of this year’s showcase event was squarely be on Africa, as the African Development Center featured painters David Mngodo, from Tanzania, and Koffi Mbairamadji, from Chad.

Held on December 12th, the evening was filled with warm conversation and breathtaking art. Artist David Mngodo was even present to speak about his inspirations and unique approaches. These beautiful works will still be on display at ADC for the next few weeks, so be sure to stop by and take a look…or even purchase one to take home!

Here are a few photos from the evening (for the full album, visit our Flickr page):


David Mngodo

A self -taught artist who is dedicated to his art and concerned with progression of his style and development of advanced painting techniques. His works are primarily done in acrylics. However, he expresses himself using other mediums fluently, such as oil, and pastels. His view of the world comes through his paintings especially the use of colors and negative space – creating an emotional feeling in each painting. His abstract hard line paintings draw the observer into each painting revealing David’s creative intent to develop a particular feeling or story.

David’s works are primarily done in acrylics, however he expresses himself using other mediums fluently, such as oil, and pastels. His works are filled with the colors and lights that fills his memories, and are shown regularly in various exhibitions. His pieces have been included in exhibitions in different States here in US. In addition, David has graduated from the art instructional School of Minnesota as well as Collins College in Tempe, Arizona a school of Design and Technology..

Koffi Mbairamadji

Also a self -taught artist who, after moving from Chad, has lived in Minneapolis, MN, Albuquerque, NM, and is now a resident of Orlando, FL. A well-known artist during his time here in the Twin Cities, one of his works entitled Pastor was used in liturgy at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Additionally, six of Koffi’s works were chosen as greetings cards by Goodwill Industries of Minnesota.

Another work, entitled Peace was chosen to be in a newsletter at Georgetown Center for Liturgy in Washington D.C, and he is the author of a popular children’s book called African Savannah Stories.
Koffi has received the African Global Root Award, Martin Luther King Award and Eleanor Bailey Award, as well as grants from Compas/United Art Fund, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and Minnesota State Arts Board.