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Afrofuturism: folkloric portraits by Paul Lewin

Jamaica-born, Miami-based artist Paul Lewin creates absolutely stunning acrylic portraits of African figures that symbolize his connection to Africa, the Caribbean, and the diaspora in a futuristic way.

The figures in my work represent my ancestors; ancient ancestors, futuristic ancestors, inter-dimensional ancestors. They symbolize my connection to Africa, the Caribbean, and the diaspora. Rituals, folklore, music, and art have all been passed down from generation to generation through the ancient art of storytelling. My work tells the story of me. Each of my paintings is created in a process similar to dreaming. Meditation and dreams were very important tools in the creative process of my ancestors. I like to think of it as traveling inside to the place where my inspirations, emotions, genetic memory, and unconscious thoughts all collide.

Paul Lewin

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