The Award Winners


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Klaus Mecherlein M.A.

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Desmond Tjonakoy

Desmond Tjonakoy, born in Amsterdam in 1993, is of Ghanaian descent. He enjoys working with pencil and fineliner on subjects related to the culture of black peoples, religious history, and music. Recently, his work has become increasingly concerned with the history and freedom struggle of the People of Color.

Desmond Tjonakoy, Black Queens of Negro Night, 2022, Pen on paper, 50 x 70 cm

Desmond Tjonakoy, Aaliyahs Black Woman, 2023, Pen on paper, 50 x 70 cm

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