Asidere, Duke
Born 1961 in Lagos, Nigeria. Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria
Duke Asidere has a BA in Fine Arts from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1988) and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the same university (1990). He taught at the Federal Auchi Polytechnic for five years before starting full time studio work in Lagos in 1995. Asidere’s practice is primarily figurative painting, expressed in a variety of media, but his hyper-expressive personality has seen him experiment with drawings, engravings, collage and spray-cans. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, the city and its women are recurring themes in Asidere’s paintings; with the colours and fluid aesthetics mostly at odds with the restless energy of the environment they were produced in. Asidere has participated in and facilitated numerous international and local workshops on painting, photography and drawing. He is well exhibited in Nigeria and internationally.
Duke Asidere, Search in the Morning, 2008 Acrylic on Canvas. Courtesy of TAFETA