Victor Ekpuk

b.1964

Victor Ekpuk was born in Nigeria where he received his BA in Fine and Applied Arts from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria in 1989. He currently resides in Washing DC, USA.

Ekpuk's mark-making practices emerged from his exploration and re-imagining of Nsibidi ideographic and pictographic writing systems. Although Ekpuk employs fewer Nsibidi symbols in his recent work, embracing a wider spectrum of meaning rooted in African and global contemporary art discourse, the aesthetic concept, that reduces forms to their barest essentials, continues to inspire his approach. Ekpuk's forms enlivened by intricate pseudo-glyphs, and his use of bold primary colours heightens the sacredness and primordial energy that his work unconsciously evokes. His works provide an interesting study in the relationship between longstanding art traditions and the dynamism of artistic language.

The subject matter of my work deals with the human condition explained through themes that are both universal and specific: family, gender, politics, culture and Identity” (Ekpuk)

In his Portraits he continues to draw from Africana aesthetics and philosophies, creating paintings, fine drawings and metaphysical environments through ephemeral drawing performances.

"According to African philosophy, the head is the seat of consciousness and memory, and our lives on earth are guided by its disposition. These portraits ponder these notions while expressing my interest in consciousness as well as individual and collective identities. I am intrigued by the nature of humans' self-knowledge as layers of memories that are constantly being transposed, appropriated and imagined. I believe that our identities are essentially sum of past and present memories that are shaped by circumstances.These portraits are perhaps a search for the essence of our selves." (Ekpuk)

He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions at institutions such as the Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Washington, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and his works are housed in international public and private collections. Ekpuk has participated in biennales; the 1st Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa, 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, China, 11th Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal, and most recently the 12th Havana Biennale. He has also been featured in publications; African Art Since 1980 by Okwui Enwenzor and Chika Okeke and Nka Journal of African Contemporary Art, amongst others.

Victor Ekpuk

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Victor Ekpuk in conversation

Victor Ekpuk in conversation

Victor Ekpuk
News
20 Jul 2017

Panel Discussion on Contemporary Diaspora Art hosted at the North Carolina Museum of Art

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An 18m (58ft) mural

An 18m (58ft) mural

Victor Ekpuk
News
06 Mar 2017

Victor Ekpuk paints live in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

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COMING HOME

COMING HOME

Victor Ekpuk
News
12 Apr 2016

A roundtable discussion on Victor Ekpuk's solo exhibition in Nigeria

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 Victor Ekpuk's Ephemeral Drawing

Victor Ekpuk's Ephemeral Drawing

Victor Ekpuk
Studio Videos
08 Jan 2016

A video that captures Ekpuk's live drawing performance in his solo exhibition Portraits at Sulger-Buel Lovell, London, and the erasure of the ephemeral work at the end of the exhibition.

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Showcase TRT World

Showcase TRT World

Victor Ekpuk
Interviews
10 Nov 2015

Victor Ekpuk television Showcase TRT World

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TVC London broadcast - Portraits

TVC London broadcast - Portraits

Victor Ekpuk
News
22 Oct 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTaQTKFzkOk

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Victor Ekpuk's New Solo Exhibition in London - press release

Victor Ekpuk's New Solo Exhibition in London - press release

Victor Ekpuk
News
05 Aug 2015

Press release

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Hood Museum Quarterly

Hood Museum Quarterly

Victor Ekpuk
Interviews
28 Jul 2015

Victor Ekpuk’s ephemeral drawings demonstrate the artist’s site-specific adaptation of his approach to architectural surfaces.

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Portraits

Portraits

Victor Ekpuk
London
29 Sep 2015 - 24 Oct 2015

LONDON, UK A solo exhibition by Nigerian artist, Victor Ekpuk at Sulger-Buel Lovell  29 September - 20 November 2015 Opening reception 29 September 18h30

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