artist in focus

alex

nwokolo

(b. 1963) expresses his art through an instinctive and methodological system which he has mastered over the years. His experimental and uniquely compelling approach with the use of creative coloring and the effect of light and dark on colors. With the use of a laced textured canvas and paint applied masterfully and boldly as a thick impasto, by strokes with a palette knife in repeated planes, into a thick carpet of lights and shade.

His recent works probes controversial social and global issues about the environment and economic stability, and also explores Nigerian politics and urban aesthetics. Alex Nwokolo is undeniably one of the Nigerian contemporary artists motivated by the use of ordinary discarded materials to create extraordinary pieces.

He is widely exhibited and is a member of the Guild of Professional Fine Artists as well as a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists. He received the Rector’s Certificate of Excellence and the American Ambassador’s Award in 1991. He also received the Guinness Nigeria Plc Certificate of Merit in 2004. His works have been widely collectors by discerning collectors locally and internationally.

Alex Nwokolo obtained a Higher National Diploma with a distinction in Painting (1991) from Auchi and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Benin in 2000. In 2010, he won the Exceller’s Award from the same institution. He has participated in five solo exhibitions and many local and international group shows.