Ghanaian-American artist Evelyn Adams, also known as Yinka, embraces the two distinctive cultures she has immersed herself in as she composes her artwork. Her connection to her cultural roots provides her with the inspiration to create art that liberates and heals.
Recent events have led to the strengthening of the Black Lives Matter movement. As a result, larger society now demands for systemic changes that battle discrimination and support inclusivity. Of course, the more expansive message of the movement is the acceptance, respect, and celebration of diverse peoples and cultures. During this critical period in history, Yinka exemplifies the excellence of African American artists. Her work and her message have always been about honoring and promoting cultural heritage.
The use of authentic African elements makes the master artist’s work unique. Evelyn Adams incorporates beads and other traditional materials into her mixed media compositions. She centers her artwork around textiles and Ghanaian clothing. Her artistic choices are intentional; Yinka utilizes art to explore themes of identity and her mother country’s rich culture. Her vibrant and colorful paintings are a tangible expression of her deep love and appreciation for the place she calls home.
Yinka displayed a keen interest in art from a very young age. As a little girl, she drew whatever object or event caught her attention and sketched from observation. She carried and developed her passion throughout her life. After graduating from high school, she decided to pursue formal training. Evelyn Adams graduated from Nassau Community College with associate degrees in liberal arts and science in 2012 and fine arts in 2013. Two years later, in 2015, she completed her bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Long Island University Post.
Evelyn Adams has expressed that “Art…has no boundaries and limitations, therefore; Art is Freedom; Art is Exploration; Art is Inspiration; Art is Healing.” Committed to her vision, Yinka uses her art to make a positive impact on the world. She is engaged in the cause to raise awareness for people impacted by cancer. Her artwork “Unite & Fight For A Cure,” was featured in the “Victors of Survival” event for breast cancer month. She goes on to say that her goal is to spread healing through her work and share the beauty of her African heritage.
As a medium and language, art is universal. Yinka creates works that open themselves up for free interpretation. With such an understanding of and approach to art, it is no wonder that Evelyn Adams has gained a global audience. Many of her art pieces are displayed in various international universities in South Korea. Exhibits such as “The Faces of Inspirational Women,” “In Honor of Women’s History Month,” and “My People, My Culture, and My Birthplace” have also featured her work.
Evelyn Adams offers a fresh perspective into the world of fine arts. Her multicultural background, positivity, and message of tolerance and love give life to each piece that she creates.