The art of African people is extraordinarily vigorous and brilliant in its sense of form and intense emotional life. Its impact upon the development of the modern art started from Picasso, Derain, Braque, and Modigliani and continues to this day. In contrast to Western art, African art is almost never meant to beautify and decorate. It is intended for tribal worship, rituals, magic and communication with the supernatural.
Nevertheless, forces unleashed by these societal needs created artworks of great artistic skill, stylistic diversity and expressive qualities. These artworks entice and dazzle with profoundly subconcious appeal rather than with logic and reason. Thus, the only way to value African art is by its most intrinsic and timeless attributes - aesthetics, beauty and profound spirituality. It is very unfortunate that the recent resurgence of interest in African art coincides with its rapid disappearing under pressures from globalization, urbanization and civil strive.