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Omenka is Africa’s premium art, business and luxury-lifestyle magazine. It has expanded its focus to include content on architecture and design, with a renewed commitment to an emerging Art Finance industry in Africa. The magazine is published as a quarterly print, a digital edition and an app. Through its well-tailored content, Omenka aims to position Africa as the hub of an increasingly globalized world by stimulating interest in art from the continent as an asset class, while cultivating taste and defining emerging trends in contemporary visual culture, among a new generation in contemporary visual culture, among a new generation of urban thinkers, collectors and enthusiasts.
This issue focuses on painting and profiles celebrated artist Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, well-known for his canvases populated with hybrid, ‘sci-fi’ bodies, ideographic symbols, as well as bright swathes of “African” print fabrics, brightly coloured slippers and ritual objects. This is closely followed by an interview with Cape Town-based artist Zander Blom, which begins with a conceptualization of his exhibition Paintings and Posters at Stevenson, Cape Town. This issue is by no means a comprehensive survey on the topic of painting, but a means of celebrating the new ideas and achievements, as well as the potential for development in Africa.