Bruce Onobrakpeya (b. 1932) in Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria, is a celebrated Nigerian painter, sculptor, and printmaker.
Praised for his innovative printmaking techniques, Bruce is one of Africa’s best known and most highly respected artists. He is often described as a living legend who was responsible for the renaissance in contemporary art in Nigeria.
Onobrakpeya pioneered bronzed lino relief and metal foil deep etching of bold patterns and colors to explore Nigerian folklore and contemporary life. His aesthetic drew inspiration from a variety of source material, including the art of the Benin Kingdom, regional Nigerian landscape painting, Christian iconography, and the political turmoil of Nigeria, all of which he depicted in his art.
Onobrakpeya attended the Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology in Zaria, where he developed an interest in forging a unique style that aimed to decolonize itself from Western influences. With a career spanning several decades and many notable exhibitions, Bruce is a well renowned and established name in art circles around the world.