Description- Brown explains that African science-fiction must have at its base “a firm grasp of African culture to which the African audience can recognize and culturally relate.” Brown theorizes that the ability to relate to heroes causes the audience to see themselves as heroes. And, if people see themselves as s/heroes, they then begin to act as someone who is responsible for bringing good to the world. Thus, heroes, in Brown’s view, must have lofty morals and ethics, which the audience can look up to and hopefully emulate.
About the Artist- Akinseye (Ah-Keen-Shay-Yay) Brown is an artist, illustrator, and writer that uses African culture, science-fiction, and fantasy to tell visual stories. Brown has 20-years experience in illustrating and sells his prints and paintings through his company Sokoya Productions, LLC. Brown continues to inspire and educate through art and storytelling.
His books include coloring books like Vejo Capoeira, and Umoja Force, and comic books like Sannkofamaan, and Dara Brown: 1996. His most popular work, How To Draw African Superheroes Volumes 1 and 2 have won a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Brown has 18-years experience in illustrating. He has served as the Education Chairmen of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Incorporated (ECBACC, Inc.), for five years and is one of the founders of the ECBACC S.T.A.R.S. (Storytelling That Advances Reading Skills) Program, which is an initiative to improve the reading skills of young people through the use of comics. He now serves as Event Coordinator for the annual convention, which celebrates Black images in storytelling while improving youth literacy. Brown is also the editor of the convention’s two publications the Read For Fun Workbook and the ECBACC Program Guide. Brown sells his prints and paintings through his company Sokoya Productions, LLC. Brown continues to inspire and educate through art and storytelling.
Swept, Black & Bronze by Akinseye
*WATERMARK WILL BE REMOVED
- 2022 -
Akin "Akinsye' Brown
19.5x32.5 (Foamcore Board)
“BLACK to the AFROFUTURE” exhibit showcases a wide range of graphic work and collaborations between graphic designer and illustrator Akinseye "Akin" Brown and Shawn "Pyroglyphics" Alleyne.
Take a journey to the world of Afrofuturism, a thriving aesthetic movement rooted in the cultural histories of the African diaspora—where music, visual arts, science fiction, and technology intersect to imagine alternate realities and a liberated future viewed through the lens of Black cultures.