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Victor Ekpuk
Past Artist In Residence

Nigerian painter, Victor Ekpuk

The work of Nigerian painter, Victor Ekpuk, explores the relationships, challenges and responses to changes that characterize the human condition. His work focuses on the indigenous African system of writing that employs graphic signs, codes to convey concepts and ancient writing forms of native Nigeria. The reduction of these writing techniques to their basic elements results in new symbols or codes in script-like drawings, which can then be used to express his contemporary experiences. When combined with Nsibidi signs, these “scripts” also provide the background narrative to the artist’s compositions. Ekpuk believes that “art could and should be used to bridge the communication gaps between the different peoples of the world.  Through this interaction, other artists could partake and perhaps contribute to this ‘ritual communication’ of our social and cultural synthesis.”


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