Osahenye, Kainebi
Born 1964 in Delta, Nigeria
Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria
Kainebi Osahenye’s practice tackles issues of mortality, spirituality, consumerism, identity and the environment. His trademark of layering, stacking and sequencing objects, creating repetitive, multi-media works, has gained him critical acclaim, as he transforms simple objects into intricate, sometimes monumental, artworks. Kainebi has taken part in numerous international residencies such as at the Vermont Studio Center, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has shown works at international fairs and exhibitions including the Johannesburg Art fair, the Nigerian National Museum, and Skoto Gallery in New York; his works are regularly featured at international auction houses including Philips de Pury, Bonhams, and Arthouse Contemporary. Kainebi Osahenye studied at the Auchi Polytechnic, as well as the Yaba College of Technology, graduating in painting. In 2013, he also received a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Goldsmith, University of London.
Kainebi Osahenye, Interlocked, 2018, Spray paint, acrylic, stencil and stamp on canvas, 203 x 203 cm. Courtesy SMO Contemporary Art

Artists 2018