"Wodaabe Dandy (Central Africa)", 2019

"Wodaabe Dandy (Central Africa)", 2019

SKU: 31002

Artist: John Peaspanen


About the Artwork: The Wodaabe are cattle-herding nomads who travel around Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo. Every year, the young men doll themselves up and compete in a beauty pageant, to impress eligible women. Whoever is deemed the prettiest has high status. Wodaabe ideals stress tallness and white eyes and teeth. Hence, the makeup and exaggerated expression.


“I created this series of indigenous portraits to celebrate the diversity and unique tribal beauty found across the globe. Societal ideals and ideas of what is beautiful vary among cultures. One group’s perfection can often seem extreme to others. However, it is in these unique displays that we see that we are all not so different, after all. We are all ONE TRIBE.” —John Peaspanen


Media: Acrylic on canvas


Dimensions:  10" wide by 8" Tall


Framed: Gallery wrapped