| Victor Ekpuk|
Victor Ekpuk (born 1964) is a Nigerian-born artist based in Washington, DC. Ekpuk came to prominence through his paintings and drawings, which reflect indigenous African philosophies of the Nsibidi and uli art forms.
Ekpuk’s work frequently explores the human condition of identity in society. It draws upon a wider spectrum of meaning that is rooted in African and global contemporary art discourses. In 1989 Victor received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree (BFA), Obafemi Awowolo University, Ife, Nigeria, where he first explored the aesthetic philosophies of Nsibidi. Its economy of lines and encoded meanings led him to further explore drawing as writing, and to the invention of Ekpuk’s own Glyphs.
His artworks are in private and public collections such as Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, Newark Museum, The World Bank, University of Maryland University College, Hood Museum, United States Art in Embassies Art Collection and the Fidelity Investment Art Collection.
Ekpuk’s work have been featured at venues including: Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois; The Fowler Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York City; Newark Museum, New Jersey; The World Bank, Washington DC; Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City; Johannesburg Biennial, South Africa.2016: "Drawing Memory", Sixfold Symmetry, Pattern in Art and Science, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
2015: Portraits: A solo exhibition by Victor Ekpuk, Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery, Surrey Row, London (29 September – 24 October)
2014: Auto-Graphics: Recent Drawings by Victor Ekpuk, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (24 January – 27 July)
2013: Reminiscences and Current Musings, Morton Fine Art, Washington DC, USA (13 September – 8 October)
2013: Drawing Memories, Turchin Center for Art, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA
2011: Drawing Metaphors, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA
2009: Of Lines and Life, The Richard F. Brush Gallery, University of St. Lawrence, Canton, New York
2009: Victor Ekpuk, Long View Gallery, Washington DC, USA
2008: Open Studio, Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2006: Drawing From Within, Galerie 23, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2005: Storylines: Drawings of Victor Ekpuk, Montgomery College, College Park, Maryland, USA
2004: Trans/Script: The Art of Victor Ekpuk, Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
1998: Songs, 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica, California, USA. (Sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation, UNESCO-ASCHBERG Bursaries for Artists and 18th Street Arts Complex International Circle)
1995: Windsongs, French Cultural Center, Lagos, Nigeria
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