Otobong Nkanga

1974 · Nigeria

Artist biography

Otobong Nkanga is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Nigeria, like other well-known artists such as Okore, Nnenna, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Ndidi Emefele, Bob-Nosa, and Gerald Chukwuma. Otobong Nkanga was born in 1974.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Otobong Nkanga is represented by Lumen Travo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Otobong Nkanga most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Mendes Wood DM | Brussels in Belgium (06 September 2018 until 20 October 2018) with the exhibition Transition. Otobong Nkanga's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Mendes Wood DM | Brussels in Belgium (06 September 2018 - 20 October 2018) with the name Inventory and In Situ Fabienne Leclerc in France (19 October 2019 - 30 November 2019) with the name STOP - Exposition collective des Artistes de la Galerie. Otobong Nkanga's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Transition and took place at Mendes Wood DM | Brussels in Belgium from the 06 September 2018 to 20 October 2018.

Further Biographical Context for Otobong Nkanga

Otobong Nkanga was born in 1974 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1980s growing up. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the 1980s was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. influential art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Otobong Nkanga

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