African Mother And Baby Paintings That Will Transform Your Space

Our select African mother and baby paintings celebrate the inseparable bond between the rural African woman and her infant child.

Roles Of An African Mother

These roles are so many and so multifaceted that I am deliberating using the plural noun, not the singular one.

The African mother doesn't just bring the baby into the world, she nourishes, nurtures, and babysits her infant child.

Yet, while childcare is solely her responsibility, this doesn't exempt her from daily household chores such as cooking, fetching water and preparing food for the family.

So you'll frequently find her multitasking... 

Farming, cooking, doing the laundry and pounding cassava or yam with mortar and pestle while the baby is securely strapped to her back.

How she can cram all these demanding roles into a single day is something that never ceases to baffle me.

What Messages Do The African Mother And Baby Paintings Convey?

Look, I am all for women emancipation and I'd be the first to admit that gender-based roles in Africa need to be urgently redistributed...

As in, yesterday!

But for the purposes of this page, I choose to look at this through another, optimistic lens.

The very fact that the African woman—as a collective—is able to cope with these arduous societal expectations is nothing short of a miracle. 

So I draw inspiration from her dogged determination to succeed as…

A wife.

A mother.

A teacher.

A chef.

A babysitter.

A playmate.

A nurse.

Even a stroller.

And with extremely demanding cultural and societal expectations.

If the African woman can keep her family happy and healthy in the face of such seemingly insurmountable odds, so can you!

So for your daily dose of motivation on your wall, check out our African mother and baby paintings below.

Maasai Mother With Baby

Artist: Robert Karanja

Authenticity: Original. Signed "Rob Karanja" in bottom left corner.

Materials: Acrylic painting on canvas

Dimensions: 34 in x 44 in (89 cm x 112 cm)

Description: This painting illustrates the special bond between this Maasai mother and her baby.

Red is the favorite color of the Maasai pastoralists who inhabit Kenya and Tanzania...

They prefer wrapping sheets—called shukas—around themselves to wearing regular clothes (dresses, skirts, blouses, trousers, and shirts) which most of us Africans have embraced.

The touching bit is that despite her busy schedule, this Maasai woman still finds time (and energy!) to adorn lots of beaded necklaces, an armpiece and a headpiece before she ventures out of her homestead.

Simple elegance, right?

This is a large painting and it would make an excellent wall art piece for your living room, bedroom, office, or hotel room.

Price: US$ 1,950, inclusive of courier shipping and insurance.

Payment: Bank deposit.

Shipment: 2 business days after payment clears.

Ships in a: Mailing tube.

Ships from: Nairobi, Kenya.

Delivery: 7-14 days after shipment.

Discount Eligible? Yes. Buy any 2 pieces of artwork on this site together and get 5% off the cheaper one.

Smiling Young African Mother And Baby

Artist: Robert Karanja. 

Authenticity: Original. Signed "Rob Karanja" in bottom left corner.

Materials: Acrylics on canvas

Dimensions: 22 in x 31.9 in (56 cm x 81 cm)

Description: The subjects of this African mother and baby painting are, obviously, a smiling young African mother and her infant child.

A daughter? A son, perhaps? We will never know.

The baby is strapped to her mother's back. Mama is herself dressed in bright colors that match her mood, complete with a headscarf.

From her dressing and general demeanor, she is not wealthy. Not even by our very modest African standards.

Women in Africa tend to give birth at a very young age due to cultural factors and lack of education opportunities.

The responsibility of motherhood has clearly been thrust on her at a young age...

Yet she can still afford the most beautiful smile. Absolutely heartwarming!

Price: US$ 1,350, inclusive of courier shipping and insurance.

Payment: Bank deposit.

Shipment: 2 business days after payment clears.

Ships in a: Mailing tube.

Ships from: Nairobi, Kenya.

Delivery: 7-14 days after shipment.

Discount Eligible? Yes. Buy any 2 pieces of artwork on this site together and get 5% off the cheaper one.

More Beautiful Pieces On The Way

This is a popular category of African art and there are lots of art pieces that will be added to this page soon.

So please be sure to check back frequently.