Tega Akpokona (b.1991) in Benin City, Nigeria, is an outstanding and talented young Nigerian emerging artist. He graduated with a BA in Fine and Applied Art, from the University of Benin, Nigeria, in 2011.
Akpokona’s atmospheric oil paintings examine the human experience as forged by cultural identity. In his work, Akpokona centers the black figure, showing fictional characters in paintings that merge nostalgia with contemporary settings. Akpokona’s practice aims to allure the viewer to experience the creative use of light interplayed with rich, subtle colors, capturing the depth of human emotions.
In his painting technique, we see Akpokona’s use of light and subtle color contrast, reminiscent of the Dutch Baroque period. His work seeks to address socio-economic issues and interrogate the everyday realities of living in Nigeria. Akpokona’s work can be found in prestigious private collections in Nigeria and abroad.
Akpokona has exhibited his work in Lagos and London. He held his first solo exhibition, Timeless, in 2016 at Terra Kulture in Lagos, Nigeria, and was among the artists selected for the TAFETA London summer 2018 exhibition. He also presented at the 2018 and 2019 editions of Art X Lagos. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
The forge(black smith series)
Oil on canvas
39 * 44in