Sam Ovraiti (b.1961) in Zaria, Kaduna State. Undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s most expressive watercolor artists.
Ovraiti attended the famous Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, before proceeding to the University of Benin, both in Edo State where he studied General Arts and Painting and later obtained a Master of Fine Arts.
His efforts in the area of watercolor and chalk pastel in the 1980s popularized both materials as an acceptable painting medium within the art community in Nigeria. His works in the oil medium express a different aspect of his art, one that is more intense and layered.
Ovraiti is a deep and philosophical artist with a passion for artistic research and experimentation. This aspect, heightened by his long-term relationship with Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya and the Harmattan Workshop. An award-winning artist both academically and professionally, with an extensive number of solo and group shows in Nigeria, Europe, and the USA.
Song of Gratitude
Acrylic on canvas
53 * 71.5in