Meleko Mokgosi is an American painter with Botswana heritage, and is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Art. His large-scale paintings are concerned with colonialism, democracy and liberation throughout African history. We discovered Meleko via his exhibition “Bread, Butter, and Power,” which depicted everyday yet thought-provoking scenes from southern Africa. In our profile of him, we delved into his entire career, and how he’s always managed to channel sociopolitical messages into his work. Meleko’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions at The Pérez Art Museum Miami, Williams College Museum of Art, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and The Fowler Museum at UCLA.
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