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Emerging Painting Invitational (EPI) is a pan-African prize for emerging painters, dedicated to supporting emerging contemporary painting and painters across the continent, and building a diverse Afro-centric vision of contemporary art made in Africa.

EPI announced the winners for its 2020 edition at an online event hosted by Strauss & Co. To be eligible for the prize, artists must be under 30, be permanently resident on the continent, and have painting is their primary discipline.

First Prize: Eyasu Telayneh (Ethiopia)

Eyasu Telayneh, Private Reputation of Colors, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 155cm x 210.2cm

Second Prize: Yolanda Mazwana (South Africa)

Yolanda Mazwana, Untitled, 2020, Acrylic on Youpa paper primed with acrylic gel, 100cm x 70cmm

Third Prize: Kirubel Abebe (Ethiopia)

Kirubel Abebe - Chasing the end, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 100cm x 100cm

Art Africa Magazine profile prize: Dorra Mahjoubi (Tunisia)

Dorra Mahjoubi, شبر ماء (Chbir mâa) Inch of water, 2019, Painting on wall, terracotta frame, olive tree leaf, image transfer, collage, Chinese ink, Acrylic and pencil drawing on paper, 22.15cm x 22.15cm

Angola AIR Residency prize: Kylie Wentzel (South Africa)

Kylie Wentzel - Sand Man, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 120cm x 90cm

First Floor Gallery Harare - First Solo residency prize: Eyasu Telayneh (Ethiopia)

Eyasu Telayneh, Private Reputation of Colors, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 155.2cm x 210.3cm

African Art Galleries Association – Online mentorship prizes:

Willy Karekezi (Rwanda)

Willy Karekezi , The immigrant, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 125cm x 90cm

Emna Kahouaji (Tunisia)

Emna Kahouaji, De l’inconvénient d’être né, 2020, Mixed media on canvas, 80cm x 80cm

Sejiro Avoseh (Nigeria)

Sejiro Avoseh, I pray this ends soon, 2020, Acrylic and paper on canvas, 139.7cm x 198.12cm

“EPI plays a great role in staging the innate potential of young artists across the continent as well as disclosing the visibility for artists and the art network," says first prize winner, Eyasu Telayneh. "It is a milestone in my early art career.”

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