In the Spirit of Umoja

Larry "Poncho" Brown
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  • Limited edition. Edition size of 62 (standard limited edition), 19 (artist proof) and 12 (remarques).
  • Measures 24x30 inches
  • Ships signed and numbered and with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.
  • Giclee on Paper
  • Inspired by the word and principle of Umoja

Umoja, a Swahili word meaning 'unity,' is a principle deeply ingrained in African culture and celebrated worldwide. It underscores the importance of togetherness, not only within the family unit but also within the community at large.

This principle originates from traditional African philosophies that prioritize collective effort and responsibility over individualism. Umoja is vital to the Black community as it fosters a sense of belonging and encourages communal support and cooperation. The principle extends beyond the family unit, promoting unity within the community, nation, and race. By upholding Umoja, the Black community can reinforce their ties to traditional African culture, celebrate their heritage, and cultivate an environment that supports mutual progress and prosperity.

Adinkra is a visual symbols system originally created by the Akan people of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa. These symbols represent concepts, aphorisms, or a proverbial phrase that expresses various themes that relate to the history, beliefs, and philosophy of the Asante.

In this work of art, you will find two Adinkra symbols, Gye Nyame and Duafe.

Gye Nyame, which translates to "except for God," symbolizes the omnipotence and immortality of a supreme being. It is a symbol of faith and surrender to divine power, embodying the belief that there is no existence without a supreme being.

Duafe means "wooden comb," is a symbol of femininity, beauty, and cleanliness; qualities traditionally ascribed to a woman. It represents good feminine qualities such as patience, prudence, fondness, love, and care.

Through these symbols, Adinkra provides a connection to cultural roots and offers a form of non-verbal communication expressing traditional wisdom and life's complexities.
Limited edition work of art available as a standard limited edition (Edition size of 62), artist proof (Edition size of 19) and remarque (Edition size of 12). Ships signed and numbered with a certificate of authenticity. Giclee on paper. Measures 24x30 inches in size.

Cert. Of Authenticity Ships with a certificate of authenticity from the artist
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size Edition size of 62 (Limited Edition), 19 (Artist Proof) and 12 (Remarque).
Framed Unframed
Height 24 inches
Length 30 inches
Medium Paper
Signed Ships signed and numbered by the artist.
SKU poncho-umoja

Larry "Poncho" Brown

Larry "Poncho" Brown, a native of Baltimore, MD, is a renowned artist known for his captivating and diverse body of work. With a career spanning over several decades, Poncho emerged as a talented signwriter at the young age of 17 and has since dedicated his life to the world of art. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, he has graced the pages of esteemed publications such as Upscale, Ebony, Essence, and Jet magazines with his extraordinary art, both fine and commercial. Poncho's creations have also garnered attention in various television shows and movies, including "A Different World," "The Wire," and "Soulfood," captivating audiences with his vibrant and thought-provoking pieces. With a client list boasting esteemed names like Camille Cosby and Anita Baker, as well as his works displayed in prestigious institutions like the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Poncho's influence and appeal extend far and wide. Alongside his artistic pursuits, Poncho is dedicated to philanthropy, having founded Raising The Arts, a platform that has contributed over 70 images to support non-profit organizations and African American causes. Additionally, he co-founded the Creative Quarantine, a collaborative effort with fellow artists, where the month of January is dedicated to creating new experimental works. Poncho's art resonates with admirers for its captivating rhythm, movement, and unity, as he skillfully merges past and present artistic stylizations to convey a sense of realism, mysticism, and beauty. Through his creations, Poncho pays homage to his personal values and consistently explores themes of unity, family, and spirituality, making his art universally appealing and awe-inspiring.

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