Bruce Onobrakpeya has participated in artist residencies and professorships both in Nigeria and abroad and has exhibited in major international arts institutions, including the Tate Modern (UK), the National Museum of African Art of the Smithsonian Institution (USA), and the Malmö Konsthall in Malmö (Sweden).
Apart from his passion for visual and intellectual output, Bruce Onobrakpeya is involved in art education at both the formal and informal levels. After teaching for many years in both the secondary and tertiary level, he instituted the Harmattan Workshop Series at Agbarha-otor in Delta State where artists meet to share ideas and learn skills for growth,
Onobrakpeya is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently as the honoree at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art's fiftieth anniversary in Washington, DC. He has also received the UNESCO Living Human Treasure Award as well as the prestigious Nigerian Creativity Award by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.