Olu Amoda
Born in 1959 in Warri, Nigeria. Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria
Olu Amoda is a sculptor and mixed media artist who has emerged as a leading voice in the contemporary arts community in Nigeria. Amoda is perhaps best recognised for his metal sculptural depictions of hybrid creatures and entities comprising animals, humans, and flora, culled from industrial detritus. Exploring the relations between mass industry and organic agriscience, his pivotal work Sunflower (2011), earned him the Grand Prix Léopold Sédar Senghor at Dak’Art, the 11th Biennial of Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Senegal, in 2014, alongside Algerian artist Driss Ouadahi. Amoda graduated in sculpture from Auchi Polytechnic in Auchi, Nigeria, in 1983 and received a Masters of Fine Arts from Georgia Southern University in Georgia, USA, in 2009. He is the founder and Chief Executive of Riverside Art and Design Studios in Yaba, Lagos, and continues to teach Sculpture and Drawing at the School of Art, Design and Printing at Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, having held tenure since 1987.
Olu Amoda, 'Small Sunflower II', 2014, Blind revert, steel belt and mild steel pipe, 76 x 76 cm, Courtesy of Art Twenty One |'Medium Sunflower II', 2014. Roofing nails, steel belt and mild steel pipe. 132 x 132 cm / 51.97 x 51.97 in. Courtesy of the artist and Art Twenty One

Artists 2015