Ofiaeli Okechukwu Okoye
Past Artist In Residence
May 2000

Residency Date: May 2000

Ofiaeli Okechukwu Okoye was an international artist-in-residence at 18th Street for three months in 2000 from Nigeria thanks to UNESCO-ASHBERG Bursaries for Artists Program. Motivated in 1983 by creative impulses and a highly original aesthetic, Ofiaeli began to research full-time the construction, longevity, and aesthetics of his hand-crafter sculptures and utilitarian objects. He successfully was able to carve out a distinct, creative, imaginative and original medium to express the varying values, ideals and symbols in the African indigenous art. He also maintained a necessary balance between a traditional craftsman and a contemporary aesthetician and mater artist. His final exhibit, which he showed at 18th Street, showcased his dramatic imagery and visceral connection to nature. He used various species of palm, mahogany and mango seeds as well as other suitable dried vegetation to create his sculptures of hats, purses, photo albums, and other objects made from natural resources.

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