Bruce Onobrakpeya Nigeria, b. 1932

Throughout his distinguished career spanning over fifty years, Bruce Onobrakpeya has cemented himself as one of Nigeria's most celebrated contemporary artists.

Experimenting with diverse mediums including printmaking, serigraphy, painting, sculpture, and installation, Onobrakpeya's artistic practice has been integral in developing the modern tradition of Nigerian art through a re-invigoration of indigenous cultural iconographies. His unconventional processes sparked new art techniques in printmaking and relief sculpture, notably in his work with additive plastography. His themes often focus on Nigerian histories, narratives and symbols.


Born in Agbarha-Otor in Delta State, Nigeria in 1932, Bruce Onobrakpeya’s career took a decisive turn during his university studies at the Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology in Zaria in the 1960s. As a member of the Zaria Arts Society, popularly known as the "Zaria Rebels", Onobrakpeya combined his training in the Western-representational style with a focus on Nigeria’s artistic traditions.