On Thursday night in Overtown, artist Doba Afolabi was showing his work at the Art Africa show.
Afolabi is from Nigeria. He used to live in Miami, but left for Brooklyn a while ago.
Up close, his paintings look like abstracts in brightly-colored oil paint. But stand a few feet back, and a cellist in a top hat emerges. Or two saxophone players against a fiery background. One painting is called “Ride the Storm.” That’s the piece he did after his house burned down. Painting, he says, is what keeps him happy and centered.