Victor EkpukRoyals and Goddesses II, 2019Acrylic on canvas60 x 48 in
152.4 x 121.9 cmVictor Ekpuk, Royals and Goddesses II, 2019$ 31,000.00
Victor EkpukMask Series 1, 2018Acrylic on canvas24 x 18 in
61 x 45.7 cmVictor Ekpuk, Mask Series 1, 2018Sold
Victor EkpukMask Series 2, 2018Acrylic on canvas24 x 18 in
61 x 45.7 cmVictor Ekpuk, Mask Series 2, 2018Sold
Victor EkpukHip Sista, 2017Serigraph on paper30 x 22 in
76.2 x 55.9 cmVictor Ekpuk, Hip Sista, 2017$ 2,500.00
Victor EkpukHead 4, 2015Acrylic on panel45 x 48 in
114.3 x 121.9 cmVictor Ekpuk, Head 4, 2015$ 25,700.00
Victor EkpukCockcrow at Dawn, 2006Lithograph on paper29 x 22 in
73.7 x 55.9 cmVictor Ekpuk, Cockcrow at Dawn, 2006Sold
Victor EkpukThe dancer, 2006Lithograph on paper24 x 18 in
61 x 45.7 cmVictor Ekpuk, The dancer, 2006$ 2,350.00
Victor Ekpuk is a Nigerian-American artist based in Washington D.C. He is internationally known for his paintings, drawings, and sculptures, which reimagine the ancient Nigerian communication system, Nsibidi, to create his own unique language of abstraction. Ekpuk’s work engages with a diverse spectrum of meaning, often mining historical narratives, the contemporary African diaspora, and humanity’s connection to the sacred.
Ekpuk’s three decade long career has resulted in prestigious national and international exhibitions, including, Dakar Biennial, Senegal; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.; Somerset House, London; New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC; and the 12th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba.
Ekpuk’s work is included in numerous collections including the Bank ABC International Headquarters in the Kingdom of Bahrain; Elizabeth Miller Sculpture Center; Hood Museum; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art; Krannert Art Museum; Newark Museum; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; The World Bank; United States Art in Embassies Art Collection; and Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
In recent years, Ekpuk has focused on large-scale murals, installations, and public art projects. In 2017, he completed a 30 x 18 foot centerpiece mural for the North Carolina Museum of Art. Memphis Brooks Museum then commissioned Ekpuk to create a 58 foot mural titled Essence of Memphis. In 2019, he completed a 20 foot metal sculpture Hope and Dream Under Glory commissioned by the Washington D.C. city government and housed at Boone Elementary School in Southeast Washington, D.C. Also in 2019, he installed The Face, a 17 foot landmark sculpture commissioned by Bank ABC (Arab Bank Corporation) at its world headquarters in The Kingdom of Bahrain.
Ekpuk is a Smithsonian Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Obafemi Awolowo University. He has been commissioned by The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art to design trophies awarded to recipients of the museum’s first African Art Awards, as well as by Random House Publishers to illustrate new covers for Chinua Achebe, Africa’s most celebrated author.
Who is Victor Ekpuk?June 6, 2022Who is Victor Ekpuk? Nigerian-American artist Victor Ekpuk has come to acclaim through his unique visual language, which abstracts the ancient Nigerian script Nsibidi and indigenous Uli art forms. By taking these codes and philosophies as the base for his artistic practice, Ekpuk creates his own symbolism that aims to decrypt the truths of the human condition, placing particular focus on the contemporary African diaspora. Through his paintings, drawings and sculptures, Ekpuk’s language is instantly recognisable, with strong use of intricate linework and bold colour bearing the hallmarks of this...