AfriCOBRA was a collective of African American artists in Chicago, who aimed to uplift and empower black communities.

AfriCOBRA held a philosophical mission centred on creating powerful visual representations of the African diaspora, aiming for these images to resonate with all black people. Their vision was to foster unity within the African Diaspora, transcending the Western concept of self in favour of community progress. The founding members sought to pay homage to the past, provide context to the present, and envision a promising future. With this objective in mind, they formulated a mission statement and guiding principles, articulated in a manifesto written by Jeff Donaldson.

The artists believed that, through collective awareness, their art and creations could drive social and political transformation within their communities. AfriCOBRA's aesthetic principles revolved around the use of "vibrant colours, depictions of the human figure, distinctive lines, lettering, and imagery reflecting the social, economic, and political conditions of their ethnic group." Their intention was to embrace the "specific visual qualities inherent to their ethnic heritage."

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.