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African Influences on African American Arts and Artists

The impact of African culture on African American arts and artists began with the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans, who used symbols, forms, and images from their cultures of origin in creating interpretations of art and material culture. These symbols reflected the spiritual foundation and the natural surroundings of Africa. Techniques indigenous to Egypt, West Africa, and south to the Congo region had a prominent transformative linkage to the visual collective culture in North America, as compelling symbols, forms, and images in their work appeared throughout the Americas. The art forms developed by African peoples were intense statements that provided a measure of comfort given their conditions.

The Historical Background

The visible revival of African culture surfaced on the plantations in North America ...

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