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Sarah Wolozin

artist, was born in Madison, Georgia, the second of ten children of Viola Perryman and George Andrews, sharecroppers. Benny Andrews grew up in a household where creativity was encouraged. With what little money they had, his parents bought pens and paper for their children and encouraged them to draw and tell stories. Although not formally trained as an artist, George Andrews painted throughout his life and received considerable recognition in his later years. As a teenager Benny Andrews attended Burney Street High School only sporadically, when weather conditions excused him from his work picking cotton in the fields. In 1948 he became the first member of his family to graduate from high school.

In 1948Andrews moved to Atlanta and was awarded a 4 H club scholarship to attend one of Georgia s three black colleges He entered Fort Valley State College in Fort Valley Georgia but dropped ...

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Manuel Mendive was born in Havana, Cuba. At an early age his family introduced him to the Afro-Cuban religion Santería, and to this day he is a practitioner of this and other African-derived traditions. Mendive graduated in 1963 from the San Alejandro National School of Fine Arts in Havana as a painter. From the beginning of his artistic career, Mendive intentionally employed a “primitive” artistic style to express the myths and cosmology of Yoruba-derived traditions in Cuba.

The period from 1963 to 1968 is known as Mendive s dark period possibly the most important of his career During this time he focused on the representation of Afro Cuban myths with predominantly ochre tones and a blending of painting with sculpture and assemblage mixed media often using materials with ritual connotations In their appearance and conceptualization the works approximated certain Afro Cuban ritual objects without explicitly reflecting ...