Bruce Onobrakpeya, Eyes at Haystack, 1975, Prints & Multiples, 78 x 53cm
Courtesy of TAFETA
TAFETA is a London-based gallery specializing in 20th-century and contemporary African art. Founded as an art consultancy in 2005, it was reconstituted as a gallery in 2013. With a project space in Lagos, Nigeria, the gallery remains the leading purveyor of some of the most important 20th-century artists of African descent. TAFETA ‘s contemporary program actively seeks to discover and represent emerging, mid-career and established artists in Africa and the diaspora.
TAFETA has been featured in notable international publications such as the Financial Times, The New York Times, and the Art Newspaper and has worked to place contemporary African art in prominent public and private collections, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Arts, Washington D.C; the Mott-Warsh Collection, Flint, Michigan; and the Standard Bank collection, to name a few. TAFETA has participated in international art fairs and biennials such as Art Dubai Contemporary, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and, most recently, the 2018 Liverpool Biennial.
Ben Enwonwu MBE
Bruce Onobrakpeya is a celebrated Nigerian painter and printmaker. Celebrated for his innovative printmaking techniques, Onobrakpeya pioneered bronzed lino relief, and metal foil deep etchig in bold colors to explore Nigerian folklore and contemporary life. His aesthetic drew inspiration from a variety of source material, including the art of the Benin Kingdom, regional Nigerian landscape painting, Christian iconography, and the political turmoil of his home country, all of which he depicted in his art. Born on August 30, 1932 in Agbarha-Otor, Nigeria, Onobrakpeya attended the Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology in Zaria, where he developed an interest in forging a unique style which aimed to decolonize itself from Western influences. He went on to exhibit internationally and establish himself as an important figure in contemporary African art, notably working as an educator for over four decades. Today, his works can be found in the collections of the Vatican Museum in Rome, the National Gallery in Nairobi, the National Museum of African Arts, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Tate Modern, London.