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Top Nigerian Visual Artists You Need To Know

Nigerian visual artists have excelled via their talents and has been listed among the best in the world.

Creativity in songs, artworks, drama and so on have got some Nigerians to fly the country’s white and green flags among other nations of the world.

New generation of visual artists have taken hyperrealism to another level with their talents. The likes of Ladi Kwali, Ben Enwonwu, Lamidi Fakeye, and co are historic names when it comes to art in Nigeria.

Nigerian artists who have based their skills on painting and sculpture resembling a high-resolution photograph also deserves a mention.

An Hyperrealistic Art Done By Nigerian Visual Artist, Oresegun Olumide
An hyperrealistic art done by Nigerian visual artist, Oresegun Olumide

Top Nigerian Visual Artists You Need To Know

Here’s a selected names of Nigerian artists that have made name for themselves both in and outside Nigeria. They are listed in no particular order;

Top Nigerian Visual Artists You Need To Know
Nigerian visual artist, Ken Nwadiogbu
  1. Ken Nwadiogbu: This young Nigerian is one of the best artistic hands Nigeria have got. Although he studied Civil Engineering, Ken has excelled as a multidisciplinary artist. He calls his method contemporealism – a fusion that is primarily centered around hyperrealism and contemporary artist. ‘Ken Art’ has received the ‘Future Africa Award’ (2019) & Outstanding Personalities of the Year (2019) by Vanguard. He uses art to paint weighty issues like gender equality, African cultures, global politics, Black power, and most recently knife-crime come to the conversation by way of his mind-boggling technique.
  2. Oresegun Olumide: Nigerian visual artist, Oresegun Olumide made his name in 2016 after he had posted his work on Facebook. He is versed in the use of water as the theme of his work. Olumide’s work got Nigerians talking after he posted the oil and canvas painting on social media. The 39-year-old cites Pablo Picasso and Michelangelo Buonaroti as his role model.
  3. Kareem Olamilekan: This young art prodigy came into limelight after he had drew the hyperrealistic portrait of Emmanuel Macron in 2 hours. The French President had visited Fela’s New Afrikan Shrine on the 3rd of July, 2018. The highly impressed President of France shared the video of the drawing via his Twitter page. Kareem in 2019 also won Taiwan’s 22nd Fervent Global Love of Lives Award.
Top Nigerian Visual Artists You Need To Know
Kareem Olamilekan with French President, Emmanuel Macron

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