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Anderson, Akili Ronlocked

American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 19 February 1946, in Washington DC.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, engraver, photographer, video artist, glassmaker, decorative designer. Theatre design.

AfriCobra Group.

Akili Ron Anderson attended the Corcoran School of Art and Howard University in Washington DC where he lives and works. He is a member of AfriCobra (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) founded in 1968 with a view to define an aesthetics in tune with the needs of the African American community. He paints in line with AfriCobra's aesthetic theories, realising portraits in bright colours and using traditional African patterns. He has created theatre sets in particular for the Ira Aldridge Theater at Howard University, and stained glass for the John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church (1980 and 1985). He has taken part in collective exhibitions in New York, notably, AfriCobra and Groupe Fromaje, at Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington DC; at the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, and in AfriCobra at the Ninth Zora Hurston Festival, Eatonville (Florida). He has shown his works in solo exhibitions at Duke University, Durham (North Carolina), and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC.