Monday's Feature: Nzingah

Meet Nzingah Oniwosan.


AE:  Who are you and what is it that you do/make?    
NO:  Nzingah Oniwosan.  I am a Haitian American multidisciplinary artist.  I am a jewelry designer, visual and spoken word artist.
AE:  How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?  
NO:  I don’t ever remember not being a visual artist.  I would say it’s a gift I came to world with.  The same for poetry I have performed since the first grade and won contests.  My work as a designer is the newest aspect of my life as an artist.  I always wanted to make jewelry and it worked out the summer of 2008.  It was all about timing I tried to start a line in 2003 but I did not like anything I made.

The motivation behind my work as a visual artist and a poet is my personal examination of lineage, identity, and transmission. I think the word that best encompasses my motivation is Sankofa it’s a Ghanaian term, idea, concept, proverb etc. To quote the proverb, “It is not taboo to look at the past to build for the future.”  Sankofa is about cycles and the influence of the past present and future on each other.  Some of my work as jewelry designer also looks at these same issues in a sculptural sense.  However I started the line in part to find another way as a visual artist that was not limited to walls.  I see the human form as another way art can be displayed.  In this case my art is my designs.

AE:  Where can we find your work? 
NO:  You can find my work all over.  A lot of my paintings are part of private collections. Some more public collectors are the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Veterans Affairs Office in Miami, FL.  I am always exhibiting, and of course you can find me online.

AE:  What is your website/contact information? 
NO: (art)

To witness a sample of Nzingah's Spoken Word, view the video below:

Even since I met Nzingah, I have been an admirer of her work.  She is a beautifully, talented woman who has been blessed with so many ways to express her creativity.  Be sure to check out her sites to see more of her creations.  I hope that you are inspired by this interview with this artist as much as I am.

[Sankofa Image Source]
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  1. What a beautiful lady, and how vibrant her work is! Thank you for introducing us :)

  2. wow! she must be a beautiful person inside and out!

  3. Nzingah's work is amazing. It love her mixed media pieces. The jewelry is stunning and so bold! I love it!

  4. There is a word that comes to mind looking at these pieces: Regal.

    Beautiful work and am definitely inspired!

  5. Libby,

    I loved the pieces that Nzingah makes! They are big, stylish, I like that!
    You saw where I keep my necklaces? On the rack of clothes!!
    Any day put this piece in my blog! I posted, but will post again.
    I thought it was you the first photo of this artist! :)
    I'll tell you something ...
    One day I was home alone and decided to turn into "muslim woman". It took me a few minutes
    just like to stay with a muslim woman whit kijab (scarf) and everything!
    It was cool! Who saw the picture, thought it was really muslim.
    I always say:


    1. Nzingah is a beautiful woman, so mistaking her for me is quite an honor. If you email me the link to your post, I can go back and read that one. If not, I'll wait to you post again. :-)

      And that orange scarf was quite beautiful!


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