Zéh Palito is a storyteller and cultural observer who provides insight into contemporary African diasporic life.
Adorned with gold and other jewels, shells, exotic fruits, and flowers, the figures in his paintings become the centre of attention and the protagonists of their own stories. Palito invites us to partake in the celebration of black bodies in luxury spaces in which they were once denied. Each figure is positioned in a stance of power and enjoyment that illustrates a positive self-identity, paying homage to a rich cultural heritage. Combined with the use of bright colors, each figure demonstrates confidence, satisfaction, and self-assurance through their mere existence.