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Ibrahim Afegbua, b. 1980 (Nigeria)

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Ibrahim‘s Biography

Having had his early education in Kaduna North Local Government of Kaduna State where he was born, Ibrahim later attended Auchi Polytechnic, Edo, Nigeria where he specialized in sculpture.

His interest in cultural, traditional and historical themes are informed by his royal background where hairstyles, adornment and fashion play significant roles. He grew up admiring his stepmother who was a hairstylist as she beautified and transformed her customers’ faces with intricate and neat traditional hairstyles. He would watch her make various hairstyles for different women, from different environments and this would later serve as the crux of his art practice.

Hairstyles that were made with rubber and threads particularly tickled his fancy. He would watch and marvel at the repeated movements of his stepmother’s hand and the resulting patterns of the thread. The flow and rhythm of the rubber and thread led him to search for a medium that would give him the exact outcome, in his work. He therefore settled for binding wires which he rolls and turns in circular or diagonal flow to delineate subjects that interest him.

He is now a multimedia artist, whose body of works are majorly motivated and inspired by cultural nuances as well as reflections of his thoughts. His creative direction pulls toward women in frontal, profile and back view with emphasis on the dexterity and beauty of their hairstyles. The cultural emblems and authority of his Benin background are also visible in his works as an offshoot of his royal lineage.

Ibrahim is a full-time professional sculptor and a member of Society of Nigerian Artists who has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Nigeria and Belgium. He was the overall winner of Life in My City Art Competition (LIMCAF) in 2017 and a beneficiary of a paid trip to the Art Biennale Dakar, Senegal, sponsored by El Anastui in 2018.

Selected Exhibitions
*2023- Kaduna Fashion Arts and Exhibition (Kafart). Kaduna, Nigeria.
*2023- Sogal. Contemporary and Modern African Art Auction. Signature Beyond. Lagos, Nigeria
*2022- Kuenyehia Art Price 2022. 12 Selected Artists. Accra Ghana.
*2019 – Bridging The Cultural Divide” organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture, Lagos State Council for Art and Culture,(SNA).
*2018 – Nigerian Contemporary Artists’ exhibition. Espace Echola, Brussel, Belgium.
*2018 – October Rain, 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, Society of Nigerian Artists,Lagos Chapter.
*2018 – Spanish Embassy Art Competition
*2018 – Traces Of Time, 2nd Edition, Crown Art Gallery, Benin City, Nigeria.
*2018 – Nigerian Cultural Week Art Exhibition, Paris.
*2017 – Second runner-up, Waco-Nigerian Art Competition, Cultural Arts of Waco, Texas, USA in Collaboration with Back Page Productions, Nigerian, (Telling African Stories) Texas/ Nigeria.
*2016 – Faces and Phases 4, Juried Exhibition, Terra-kulture, Lagos.
*2016 – Affordable Art Auction, Arthouse Contemporary. Lagos, Nigeria.

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