"......little, if anything, is said about where these acclaimed African contemporary artists learnt their craft.  The assumption is that most are self taught, wielding a brush across a blank canvas or a chisel to a block of marble or metal, with nothing more than sheer talent to guide them. The  evidence, however, suggests otherwise."

Social media and the blogosphere are groaning under the weight of interest in the contemporary art of Africa, in large part due to the escalating prices at European and American galleries and auction houses which smell a profit in the wind blowing in the direction of African art. However, little if anything is said about where these acclaimed artists learnt their craft. The assumption is that most are self taught, wielding a brush across a blank canvas or a chisel to a block of marble or metal, with nothing more than sheer talent to guide them. The evidence, however, suggests otherwise.