Bruce Onobrakpeya


1932 Born, Agbora-Oto, Nigeria




1957 Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria


Solo Exhibitions


Bruce Onobrakpeya: Art & Literature, Gallery of African Arts, London  

Bruce Onobrakpeya: Jewels of Nomadic Images, Skoto Gallery, New York

Bruce Onobrakpeya: Etchings from the collection of Tyrone Geter, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia SC

Bruce Onobrakpeya: The Spirit in Ascent, Ovuomaroro Gallery, Lagos

Bruce Onobrakpeya: Symbols of Ancestral Groves, Ovuomaroro Gallery, Lagos


Group Exhibitions


Group show, Skoto Gallery, New York NY

Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art, National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

Living Masters: The Works of Bruce Onobrakpeya, El Anatsui, Muraina Oyelami et al, Mydrim Gallery, Lagos

Contemporary African Art from the Collection of William Jones, Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art, Newark NJ

Sixth Biennale of Engraving and Prints, Domaine de Madame Elisabeth, Versailles, France

DAK'ART 2006, La Biennale de l'Art African Contemporain, Dakar, Senegal

Portions of Genius, Pan Africa University, Lagos

Colors of Africa: Contemporary Art from the Continent, Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem NC

Contemporary Art from Nigeria, October Gallery, London

Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London UK

Paris Connections: African and Caribbean Artists in Paris, Bomani Gallery and Jernigan-Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco CA

Reflections: an art exhibition of the Society of Nigerian artists, National Theatre, Lagos

Image and form: prints, drawings and sculpture from southern Africa and Nigeria, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London

Four Contemporary African Artists, Asele Institute, Nimo, Nigeria

Nigerianische Kunst-Ausstellung, Nigerian Cultural Centre, Bonn, Germany

Contemporary African Art, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles CA


Selected Catalogues and Publications


SPRING, CHRIS, Angaza Africa: African Art Now, Lawrence King, 2008

FALOLA, TOYIN and CHRISTIAN JENNINGS, eds Africanizing Knowledge: African Studies Across the Disciplines, Piscataway (NJ): Transaction Publishers, 2002

KENNEDY, JEAN, New Currents, Ancient Rivers: Contemporary African Artists in a Generation of Change, Washington, DC: Smithsonian, 1991

OKEKE, UCHE, History of Modern Nigerian Art, 1979


Public Collections


National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC

The British Museum, London