This is a tribute to a passionate child of God, minister, teacher, husband, and a father at 54 years.
Edosa Ogiugo, a general Nigerian Fine Artist was born in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1961. He studied Fine Arts from Yaba College of Technology in 1985, achieving several college awards and awards in other fields of his life. He went into full time studio practice in 1992 and since then, relentlessly engaged in painting in his studio and practice in Lagos.
Edosa enthusiastically partakes in workshops with varieties of local and international artists, and his works exhibited across Africa, Europe and America, featuring in important collections globally, apart from rave reviews by local and international media like CNN and BBC among several others.
He is a past President of the Guild of Fine Artists of Nigeria.
This is what he has to say about himself, “I am fascinated by human activities and movement – that is why I draw my materials from dancers, markets and men on horse backs. Whether it’s a Durbar scene or Polo game. I try to capture the essence by mentally belonging to the picture as if I was there so I can transfer same energy onto canvas. I combine the rhythm of colours and brushstrokes with the organization of materials that I have carefully assembled to help convey my message. I have in recent times been involved in mentoring which is very dear to my heart, especially looking at where I am coming from.”
Anshu Bahanda, founder and Chairman of Aabru Art, also has this to say about him, “There is a lot of integrity in everything that Edosa does, whether it is creating a beautiful piece of art or promoting the other artists from Nigerian Guild of Fine Arts (of which he was president last year). He constantly helps his colleagues, mentors young students and shares his knowledge with others. If people like Edosa are given an opportunity to grow and develop internationally, we would be doing a great service not just to Edosa but to the whole West African Art community. “Edosa is a rare gem – he is always helping and promoting other artists. He will go down in history as an amazing artist and an activist for art. BBC radio laughingly called him the ‘Fela Kuti of art’.