The Importance of the Return of African Art for Young Artists

Access to their rich cultural heritage is essential for emerging African artists to develop a solid sense of the past, whether these artists are currently living in Africa, the United States, somewhere in Europe, or elsewhere. Artistic traditions also act as foundations and inspirations for those seeking to find their footing in the world of contemporary art. As former colonial countries regain their identities, young artists in particular play a pivotal role in crafting new national narratives.

Non-artists benefit as well. Understanding and appreciation of the past are the cornerstones that uphold vibrant futures, and many young Africans will never see this artwork as long as it's held captive in European and American museums. The theme of connectivity between the past and the future was woven throughout the speeches and conversations during a conference held by
Columbia University's Institute of African Studies in October of 2020.

Who Should Own African Art?

Moving forward, African art should be owned by anyone who is willing to honor, preserve, properly display, and hopefully, share the works regardless of race or current geographical location. Those in the African diaspora appreciate the work of young artists as a way to celebrate cultural survival, while fledgling collectors are excited about starting a lifelong art collection beginning with talented new artists. Others simply like the look of African art and want to display it in their homes.

The good news is that African art is no longer inaccessible to most people. offers the opportunity to have African art at your fingertips no matter where you're located on the planet through its online marketplace. You'll find meticulously curated items from all across the continent as well as the diasporas here from a wide variety of talented young artists.