artist in focus

bruce

onobrakpeya

(b.1932) is a notable Nigerian artist who not only has created a vast body of work but has trained and taught many artists. He amongst the Zaria rebels led a renaissance of Nigerian contemporary art. He is one of the most well documented Nigerian artists both by art historians but most recognisably himself. Although he is trained as an artist shortly after graduating he embarked upon a lifelong practice of printmaking. He single handily invented the technique of printing called plastocasting.

He has the biggest printmaking workshop in Africa. His research into printmaking is so detailed and dedicated that he has brought so much to the medium. His subject matter is folklorist in that he portrays things that are indigenous to Nigeria and this is one of the valuable qualities of his works. His works are collected at many illustrious institutions around the world including the National Museum of African Art in Washington and the British Museum.