Afrofuturistic deities by Manzel Bowman

Art + Illustration

Manzel Bowman is a genius! Your first reaction to his work is to go ‘wow’. And then you spend a lot of time looking at the piece because it is so detailed and intricate. Bowman’s digital art is simply beautiful. We love how he works with rich colors like gold and purple, all transcribed onto darkness.

“The reoccurring theme of African people is found in my artwork to paint a narrative that is seldom seen in American culture. I feel that it is my personal duty to create these pieces to fill a void in our culture. I want to remind people of African descent that we have our own religion, beliefs, and deities that have been removed from us over the span of history. African traditions are rich in color and creativity, and I simply want to capture a piece of it in each piece.” ~ Manzel Bowman in interview with Talenthouse

His work is clearly afrofuturistic art, and we love that anytime and anywhere – Afrofuturism seems so far from where Africa as a whole is right now, but it speaks of hope and vast possibilities. Here, Bowman depicts deities; regal creatures draped in gold and watching over us from space.

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