Victor Ehikhamenor | Author & Visual Artist | Nigeria

Africa Centre
May 20, 2016
Posted by Wanjiru Koinange
Tags: African Artists AIR2015 Rockefeller Foundation Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre Victor Ehikhamenor

Victor Ehikhamenor was born in Udomi-Uwessan, Edo State, Nigeria. He is an award winning visual artist, writer and photographer. He lives in Nigeria and the US. He draws influences from traditional African motifs and religious cosmology. He has held numerous solo art exhibitions. His poetry collection, Sordid Rituals was published in 2002.

‘I have always drawn on surfaces since I was four years old. As I grew older, I was opportune to witness local artists, especially my mother, paint and draw on shrine walls. My grandmother was also a local cloth (abanmute) weaver. I witnessed how she planted cotton, harvest it, spin it to thread and fix it to loom before weaving. The process was so intriguing it never left my consciousness. Based on these childhood experience and consumption of other art form in my village, I decided to become an artist at a very early age… My art process is a telling of an accumulated constructed, other-worldliness pictorial stories of many veracities. These works in their different shapes and styles approach the use of traditional material from the atypical corner of a storyteller.’ Ehikhamenor told the Africa Centre.