Jerry Buhari Nigeria, b. 1959

"I grew up in a very natural environment. Essentially, nature was my life, my neighbor, my friend. And that has affected my work as an artist over the years. The whole idea in all my work is to generate a certain level of questioning, of the way the modern man related to the planet earth."


- Jerry Buhari

Born in 1959 in Kaduna State, Nigeria, Jerry Buhari attended the Department of Fine Art, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he currently serves as a professor. He has held over 12 solo exhibitions and 60 group exhibitions throughout his distinguished career. He has received a number of awards and honours, some of which are from the Commonwealth Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the Ford Foundation/Triangle Trust/Vermont Studio Centre, Ahmadu Bello University, “Who is Who” in Nigeria, Who is Who in Nigerian Art, and Fellow, Society of Nigerian Artists.


In addition to his professorship at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Jerry Buhari has also served as a guest lecturer at Savannah College of Art and Design in, Georgia, United States; Kansas Wesleyan University in the United States; a Visiting Professor at Princeton University; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; and the University of Jos, Nigeria. He is External Examiner and Assessor of professorial rank to several universities in Nigeria and abroad. Buhari serves as an advisor for Arthouse Contemporary. In 2019, he curated Arthouse’s long-deserved exhibition of the Zaria Art Society. He also served as chairman of the Visual Arts National Arts Festival (NAFEST) in 2012 and Consultant to the Central Bank of Nigeria Currency Notes Museum.