we’ve put together a list of some Nigerian Artists you should know.
as we dive into the vibrant world of Nigerian art and unveil eight remarkable artists reshaping the creative landscape.
From Dipo Doherty’s abstract brilliance to Ayobola
Kekere-Ekun’s surreal, quilled masterpieces
each artist brings a unique perspective, transcending boundaries and captivating audiences worldwide
Dipo Doherty: Bridging Cultures through Abstract Expression
Dipo Doherty, a U.S.-based Nigerian artist, captivates with vibrant abstract paintings exploring culture and identity.
With degrees in mechanical engineering and integrated design, he brings a scholarly approach to his art while juggling a full-time IT role.
Samson Bakare: From Lagos to Gucci – A Journey of Multidisciplinary Art
Lagos-born Samson Bakare gained fame for his dynamic portrayals of dark-toned bodies against flowery backgrounds.
His collaboration with Gucci marked a turning point, solidifying his status as a multidisciplinary artist.
Ayanfe Olarinde: Scribbling Stories of Identity
Ayanfe Olarinde, a contemporary visual artist, gained recognition through panel talks
and collaborations with artists like Asake. Her self-taught, “scribbling” style extends beyond
visual art to her contemporary clothing brand, “WWYD” (What Would You Do).
Nengi Omuku: Sculpting Identity and Culture
A trained sculptor, creative artist, and painter, Nengi Omuku
brings a wealth of experience to the Nigerian art scene.
Her mixed-media sculptures delve into the female form, cultural representation, and identity
showcasing her expertise honed at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
Dricky: Liberating Walls with Boundless Creativity
Dricky embodies liberal art expression, from graffiti on walls to expansive murals.
His artistic journey knows no bounds, reflecting pure creative impulse
and a commitment to breaking free from conventional constraints.
Ife Olowu: Augmented Reality and the Fusion of Art with Technology
Ife Olowu pioneers the integration of science and technology into African art.
His works feature hidden Augmented Reality components, such as sound and animation
placing him in the spotlight for his innovative approach in the contemporary art scene.
Ifenyinwa Chiamonowu Joy
Exploring Igbo Afro Realism through Hyper Realistic Pencil Drawings,
Chiamonowu Joy’s hyper-realistic pencil drawings
labeled as Igbo Afro Realism art, delve into cultural heritage, spirituality, and African mythology.
Her showcase at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York since 2021
highlights her commitment to elevating African narratives.
Ayobola Kekere-Ekun: Surrealism and Quiling – A Palette of Colorful Imagery
Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, a contemporary visual artist based in Lagos,
employs the surrealist technique of quilling. Her childlike, colorful imagery serves as a powerful medium
to discuss themes like sexism and black identity, creating a unique and thought-provoking artistic experience.