All the way from Kiev, Ukraine, Maria Paschenko also known Badass Genius begun designing illustrated portraits after being inspired by Ghanian Illustrator Gyimah Gariba.
“About two years ago, I saw some illustrations made by Gyimah Gariba. It moved me in such a way that I decided to buy colour markers and started to create my own art. I choose to draw only African people – Africa inspires me a lot with its spirit, nature and powerful people,” she said in an interview with Design Indaba.
“My artistic mission is to open people’s minds using beauty – exposing something many may not see. I really believe that art has the power to inspire and immortalise ideas.”
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