Ekpuk, Victor
Born 1964 in Uyo, Nigeria
Lives and works in Washington DC, USA
Victor Ekpuk’s practice, which began as an exploration of nsibidi graphics and writing systems, has evolved to embrace a wider spectrum of meaning that is rooted in African and global contemporary art discourses. Guided by the aesthetic philosophy of nsibidi, where sign systems are used to convey ideas, Ekpuk re-imagines graphic symbols from diverse cultures to form a personal style of mark-making that results in the interplay of art and writing. Ekpuk’s art reflects his experiences as a global artist: ‘the subject matter of my work deals with the human condition explained through themes that are both universal and specific: family, gender, politics, culture and identity’. His works have been featured in exhibitions at the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; 12th Havana Biennial; Dak’Art– Biennale de l’Art African Contemporain; Fowler Museum, Los Angeles; and the first Johannesburg Biennial. His works are also featured in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C; The World Bank and Newark Museum. Recent exhibitions include These Moments, Morton Fine Art, Washington DC (2017) and Coming Home, Arthouse, the Space, Lagos (2016).
Victor Ekpuk, Dancer, 2018, Powder-coated steel, 94 x 49 x 0.6 cm, 37 x 19 x 0.2 in. Courtesy TAFETA