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Abayomi Barber (B.1928)

Abayomi Barber is a surrealist painter, a sculptor, a teacher and a nomad, a peripatetic soul, who from an early age was bent on dealing in his own unique way. He is probably one of the most influential contemporary artists in Nigeria. His influence reaches far beyond his own art. He has, over the years, […]

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Ablade Glover (B. 1934)

Ablade Glover was born in Accra Ghana in 1934. His early education took him across three continents. His Teacher’s training study was at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi between 1957 and 1958. Between 1959 and 1962, he studied textile design at the Central School of Arts and Design, London. He returned to […]

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Alex Nwokolo

Nwokolo was born in Lagos in 1963.  He seemed to have set his mind on art from an early age. By his teens, he was a regular at the National Theatre Lagos, painting club. He enrolled at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi in 1986 and immediately felt at home there. The art school was relatively new, […]

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Ben Osaghae (1962 – 2017)

  Ben  Osaghae’s father was a pastor.  There’s a theory about the sons of preachers. They either go down the path of debauchery or they become acutely sensitive to evil. Or, in some rare cases, oscillate between both ends. Osaghae seemed to have landed in the camp of the reformers. His art grapples with the […]

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Bruce Onobrakpeya  (B. 1932)

Onobrakpeya is probably Nigeria’s most celebrated artist. He has for the past 50 years created artworks that have defined Nigerian and indeed African art. Onobrakpeya’s father was a carver in Agbara  Otor; his mother, a keen collector of local craft and beads. This gave the young Onobrakpeya an early familiarity with art. By his secondary […]

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Duke Asidere  (B. 1961)

Asidere was born in Lagos in 1961. His father was a sailor with the Elder Dempster company while his mother ran the household. The early influence of his mother would play a significant role in his art – his depiction of women as strong, powerful, wise figures. His passion for art started in Secondary school […]

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Kofi Agorsor (B. 1970)

Kofi Agorsor was born in the Volta region of Ghana in 1970. He had an early inclination for the spiritual, practicing as a traditional priest’s assistant in his early years. This sense of the spiritual seeps into his art, his canvases express the everyday as metaphysical. Love, well-being, joy, affection, music, friendship, happenstance are constantly […]

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Ola Balogun (B. 1972)

Balogun grew up in Lagos. The energy and the constant proximity to strangers, common in big cities, has been a major influence in his art. He graduated from the art department of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi in 1999. The Auchi bias for colour expression influenced his early output. He painted for a period with the […]

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Sam Ovraiti (B. 1961)

By the early 1990s Ovraiti had gained a reputation as probably the best water colour painter in Nigeria. He was at the time an art lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi. He was part of a thriving art scene in Auchi, with fellow lecturers Duke Asidere and Ben Osagahe and recent graduates Alex Nwokolo and […]

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Yomi Momoh (B.1964)

  Yomi Momoh was born 1964 in Nigeria. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied Fine Art, majoring in Sculpture. He graduated in 1989. He has since then worked as both a sculptor and painter. He sculpts in wood and fibre glass and paints in acrylic and oil. While his media may vary, […]

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