Artists | Victor Ekpuk

2016
Tiisetso Molobi
Lazi Mathebula
Pamela Clarkson
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa

2015
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul

2014
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere

2013
Ashraf Moneim
Awaad Issa
Lara Bourdin
Zanele Muholi
Louis Boshoff
Ruan Hoffmann
Krishna Luchoomun
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers

2012
Koyo Kouoh
Michele Tabor
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede

2011
Hasan and Husain Essop
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Leo Lefort

2010
Akintunde Akinleye
Akirash
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye

2009
Adriaan de Villiers
Hadia Gana
Zanele Muholi

2007
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan

2006
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita

2005
Rehab El Sadek

2003
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpé

2002
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Darryl Accone
Nawaal Deane
Henk Rossouw
Rafs Mayet
Louis Mhlanga

2001
Krishna Luchoomun

2000
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl

1999
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer

1998
Mustafa Maluka

1997
Shepard Mtyshelwa
Liza du Plessis
Allina Ndebele
Greg Streak
Dominic Tshabangu

1996
Stephen Maqashela

1995
Ina van zyl
Progress Matubako

1993
Tito Zungu
Noria Mbabasa
Helen Sebidi
Sue Williamson
David Koloane
Andries Botha
Pat Mautloa

1992
Sandra Kriel
Clifford Charles
Dianse Paulse
Sarah Tabane

Nigeria
Victor Ekpuk
Victor Ekpuk

Victor Ekpuk Victor Ekpuk (1964), was born in Nigeria, and was educated in (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). He has lived and worked in Nigeria, United States, and presently resides in the Netherlands. The central theme of his work is the exploration of relationships, challenges and responses to changes that characterize the human condition. Drawing is a very important aspect of his art. Of particular interest to his work is Nsibidi, an indigenous African system of writing that employs graphic signs, and codes to convey concepts. Ekpuk explains that: 'In my works, forms are reduced to basic essence resulting in new symbols or codes in script-like drawings. When combined with Nsibidi signs, these "scripts" provide the background narrative to my compositions. However, appreciation of the works requires more holistic participation. For this reason, it is not necessary to explain every detail in my works; it is equally important when the works are felt rather than read.' During the months of October, November and December 2007, Ekpuk is utilizing his residency at the Thami Mnyele Foundation to explore drawing as an essence of expression.

Over the past Months in 2011, Victor Ekpuk has been exploring the visual aesthetics of graphic symbols and signs in ancient African writings as abstract forms. "Of particular interest to my project is Nsibidi, an indigenous African system of writing that employs graphic signs, and codes to convey concepts.
Inspired by this ancient writings, forms in my works are reduced to basic essence resulting in new symbols or codes in script-like drawings that are used to express contemporary experiences. When combined with Nsibidi signs, these "scripts" also provide the background narrative to my compositions. Most often these narrative are better perceived when they are felt rather than read literally.
You are invited to view slides of his recent drawings."

view his slides

Victor Ekpuk links

Victor Ekpuk

Thami Mnyele Foundation promotes the exchange of art and culture between Africa and the Netherlands.