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Artist Maïa Lépine Creates First Rwandan Imigongo* Art NFT + Featured Humbl Marketplace Launch
By: MPR Consulting
The marketplace showcased her Strong Woman piece on their login page, the latter selling out within 30 minutes, and also minted six of her NFTs based off of her original artwork. In an effort to bridge the gap between traditional African Artistry, and the future of digital arts; Maïa Lépine who spearheads the African Artists Coalition, utilizes her artistry to represent, celebrate and promote Rwandan cultural heritage. African Arts being a large portion of the World Art Market's revenue, it was important to Maïa to pave the way for her fellow african artists and lead by example in this ever-evolving digital landscape.
"I paint from an emotional place. I often refer to it as my therapy because when I paint, I lose myself in time & space - and am able to release whatever I'm feeling, and in its stead a new creation takes form. It provides me with an immense source of pride to be able to continue Rwandan traditional style artistry and expose others to its history." She explained her art.
"My goal is not only to share my personal voice as a creative, but also introduce an updated narrative as it relates to its country of origin. Rwanda is SO much more colorful than its dark history. The beauty of our human experience is that we can each share our own unique perspective. Looking forward to sharing mine with you!" - Maïa
Imigongo* is an art form of painting which originated back in the 18th century in the Province of Kibungo (southeastern Rwanda). Imigongo* artwork was (and is) mostly done by women.
RWANDA NFT available
About Maïa Lépine
The daughter of a Rwandan woman & a Canadian diplomat, Maïa is a NY-based painter born of two cultures. Growing up and living between the North American (USA & Canada) & African continents (Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Niger, Ethiopia, Rwanda) - she discovered her artistic voice through a mosaic of inspirations along her journey; which have imprinted into her experience. A personal mixture of traditional Rwandan inspirations coupled with abstract contemporary influences; Maia's artwork reflects the unique perspective of how multiculturalism can impact tradition-based artistry, while creating an updated narrative in regard to African American Arts.
Mostly inspired by traditional Rwandan patterns called "imigongo" which she remixes in her own unique way.