Portraits of Yemaya

Arturo Lindsay

December 5, 2014 – January 31, 2015

Portraits of Yemaya features paintings, photographs, sculptures, and site-specific work by Atlanta-based artist and scholar Arturo Lindsay.

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Dr. Arturo Lindsay was interviewed about Portraits of Yemaya in C-Ville Weekly. Read it here.

Dr. Arturo Lindsay is a multimedia/multidisciplinary artist whose work is informed by the scholarly research he conducts on spiritual and aesthetic retentions, rediscoveries and re-inventions in the African Diaspora. As a contemporary artist in the 21st century and a believer in Yoruba Ifa traditions, Lindsay considers the question: how do I know the existence of Yemaya? How do I know her face? As an orisha – deity – the image of Yemaya, like God, is ethereal. So how do I paint or draw; how do I make a portrait of Yemaya? In this body of work Lindsay asserts that a portrait of Yemaya can be seen through a collection of photographs, installations and moving digital imagery of the sea as well as things touched by or related to the sea. 

A native of Colon, a seaport city on the Caribbean coast of the Republic of Panama, Dr. Arturo Lindsay migrated to New York City with his family at age 12 and settled in Brooklyn. Dr. Lindsay is currently Professor and Department Chair of Art and Art History at Spelman College in Atlanta. He holds a Doctor of Arts (D.A.) degree from New York University (1990) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1975). He was the 2006 Distinguished Batza Family Chair at Colgate University and in 2005 he was named the Kemp Distinguished Visiting Professor at Davidson College in Davidson, NC. In 1999 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Panama.


First Friday Catering provided by Sandora

Exhibition Sponsors

Gardy Bloemers and Nick Duke

Worrell Chapman Family Fund at CACF