We are living in a society where women have self-love challenges like body changes, skin color, fame, and attention. The social media frenzy where being light-skinned or being a certain body type is the new trend. This makes dark-skinned, and other skin differences like albinism and vitiligo feel less appreciated and out of place prompting them to destroy their beautiful skins in order to blend in. As a woman, Olivia Mary Nantongo has personally experienced these self-love and confidence issues and felt insecure about her appearance. Olivia is a mixed-media painter who executes paintings of beautiful African women that are unique and proud of who and what they are. They are free, confident, and strong, among others. They don’t have to seek validation from society about what they should do with their bodies or how they should look.
“I like to capture the beauty in mundane objects and people’s expressions. I want my works to breathe life into society. I use a variety of mediums to express ideas, creations that are displayed on my unique canvas.”