Bushmama Africa was born and raised in Oakland, California in 1970. At that time Oakland was a special place filled with Black Pride and Black Power. Her parents who were also artist were a source of visual and musical inspiration by keeping her surrounded in nature and well versed on the best music of that time. Her artistic ability surfaced in the 1980’s with lots of pen drawings that she kept private until the early 2000’s when she was encouraged by a friend to put her drawings to canvas. From that point on she has created many colorful pieces of work that she created and was quickly sold. It was then she realized that what she created people were drawn to. Her creative outlet involves jewelry making, doll, making, mixed media and collage. Her paintings were featured in a One Woman show Healer Woman at the Oakland Library Lakeside Branch. Her most recent exhibit was in the Modern Museum of the African Diaspora for one night at The Diaspora Dinner presented to the friends of MoAD. She is a featured exhibitor in The Black Woman is God show at SomArts Cultural Center n San Francisco. She has also exhibited at Somar Bar, New Parish, Omi Gallery, African American Art Complex in SF and Sole Space in Oakland California. Her themes are African Spirituality, Afrofuturism and Self Love. Her current medium is mixed and collage mermaids that focus on Black Lives Matter and Spiritual Power through female Water deities. To view new work visit her online portfolio at http://healerwoman.yolasite.com and www.bushmama.com
Her show at the Flight Deck is called “Comprehensive Bush” This exhibit is a culmination of works created between 2009 – 2017 which showcases her range of mediums created in studio and live at selected venues. Mediums represented are her Digital Collage, Graphic Design, Mixed Media, Paintings and Assemblage.
The Flight Deck is a collaborative arts space and performance venue in Downtown Oakland that features a lobby/gallery, black box theater, rehearsal studio, and co-working office for arts organizations and individuals. The Flight Deck hosts performances of all types, gallery shows, rehearsals, classes for youth and adults, and a membership program.