The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
"I will not accept an inferior position in the art world. Nor have my art called African because I have not correctly and properly given expression to my reality.
I have consistently fought against that kind of philosophy because it is bogus. European artists like Picasso, Braque and Vlaminck were influenced by African art. Everybody sees that and is not opposed to it. But when they see African artists who are influenced by their European training and technique, they expect that African to stick to their traditional forms even if he bends down to copying them.
I do not copy traditional art. I like what I see in the works of people like Giacometti but I do not copy them. I knew Giacometti personally in England, you know. I knew he was influenced by African sculptures. But I would not be influenced by Giacometti, because he was influenced by my ancestors.”
Kim Kheradmandi, aka Kimbo Gruff, is a British/Persian self-taught artist born in Paris and raised in Ipswich, England. Heavily influenced by his experience of growing up in a typical English town, he did street art at a young age and enjoys UK urban culture and making art at night. Kimbo has developed his style over the years by trying out tonnes of ideas in different ways. He is constantly using things around him as sources of inspiration for his work, whether it is visual, sensory or audible, and gains power by staring blankly at nothing in particular. Currently working and living in Amsterdam, he also collaborates and works on projects with local artists, musicians and film makers beside his own artwork. At the end of the year, he plans to move to Berlin to pursue art.