Post colonial and the birth of African contemporary

The timelines differ hugely from Country to Country but a new movement in art becomes noticeable in the 1950’s. Contrary to many publications produced in the 80’s and 90’s it is now accepted that much of contemporary African art was pioneered in South Africa.  In the 1950's and 60's major Johannesburg galleries like the Goodman Gallery and Gallery 101 pushed the boundaries. Artists like Cecil Skotnes, Walter Battis, Ephrahim Ngatane and Sydney Kumalo were visionary. A new generation of artists took inspiration from Africa and the West and started forming unique styles and again created updated and experimental forms that related back to the traditional.