Discussing Afro-futurism with Rickiily
Uyoloconnects: Distortions, futurism with a lot of African accents; your work as seen on social media is different from what we usually see with other digital designers, is the abstract what identifies your particular genre?
Rickiily: I have my own characters, my branding, my colors , my mood and my way of composing images; my work is done naturally; but I always strive to differentiate myself because that’s ideal.
Uyoloconnects: What ‘s a humalien? Do you see it as a growing trend?
Rickiily: Humalien could be a neck too long in a picture with a look that says a lot, or even elements of several worlds crossing in my mind. Humalien is my way of showing that beauty does not have to belong to just one universe in order to be re-transmitted. Everything can make sense (even a Masai coming down from a flying saucer) and that is a cross of African pride and science fiction; it is today known as Afro-futurism.
Uyoloconnects: Tell us a little about your work in general and your current projects..
Rickiily: My art is imbued with African culture, masks, and the black women that I put forward. I tell a story that simply presents a black character in an abstract world. I have an identity that allows everyone to recognize my art everywhere even when my name is not mentioned. To me, Afro-futurism is an artistic Movement like Cubism, abstract or still Hyper-realism. It's my way of representing the African culture in a world that harmonizes with Space, digital high tech while remaining traditional. The Black Panther movie has it all summed up. I'm excited about this wave of Afro futurist artists. Everyone expresses themselves in their own way, but we all do stay similar minded. We often use the same elements even though we do not know each other and are on different continents.
Uyoloconnects: How did you develop an interest for digital design; who or what has influenced the artist that you are today?
Rickiily: My debut was very different to what I currently do. When I first started, I did everything that went through my head; I used to draw a pineapple on an egg or a bear that flies away with balloons. However, I am now evolved as an artist because my debuts contributed to myself discovery as a minimalist which now fits perfectly with my mindset.
Uyoloconnects: How are you able to monetize from your work? And where can the public view your work?
Rickiily: At the moment I do not sell anything. Everything is available on Instagram page.
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