Over the years, a buzz has gown around contemporary African art. International art galleries and auction houses have ventured into the sales of African art with certain names like Ben Enwonwu, El Anatsui, Yusuf Grillo, Njideka Akunyili headlining the news with their works recording breaking sales. More and more, the interest in African art is growing and so are new names being identified in the space.
Born in Lagos in 1962 and practicing since 1980, Nwachukwu Ike’s art encompasses drawing, painting and mixed media. While studying Literature in English at the University of Ife, he ventured into the visual arts. He would later graduate from Ife and then, University of Lagos Faculty of Law, to practice as a human rights lawyer for 3 years before moving to the United States which is where he now lives and works.
In this conversation, Nwachukwu Ike tells of his process and rendition as an abstract figurative painter.
At the just concluded West African premier art fair on 4th November, ART X Lagos, one of Ben Enwonwu’s most notable works, ‘Princess Tutu’ made an appearance for two days. Also known as “African Mona Lisa”, this was the first time the painting has been seen in Nigeria since the 1970s.
Each July 14 marks the commemoration of the birth of Benedict Chukwuka Enwonwu (popularly known as Ben Enwonwu), one of Africa’s most influential and revolutionary artists in history. In this vein, we took a look into the life of Ben Enwonwu, beyond that of an artist, whose works are highly valued and priced in the art market.
Ben Enwonwu was born in Onitsha Nigeria in 1921. His father was a technician and a traditional sculptor, who made staffs, stools and decorative ornaments. Upon his father’s passing, Enwonwu inherited his father’s tools which he used to make sculptural works of his own, his skills improving by the day.
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