The Society of Nigerian Artists engenders the highest standards of scholarship, creativity, criticism and teaching of the visual arts in Nigeria to encourage intellectual advancement and the development of skills that enrich visual arts professionals and their contribution to national development.


To uphold excellence and engender the highest professional standards in the practice of visual arts in Nigeria while encouraging its appreciation through publications, research, education and exhibitions.


The SNA represents the diverse community of visual arts professionals in Nigeria by promoting originality and excellence in scholarship, creativity, interpretation, and teaching in the practice of visual arts in Nigeria.

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The Queen Idia mask.

Its history dates back to more than 500 years ago.
Queen Idia was the mother of Oba Esigie, one of Benin kingdom’s greatest kings,
A revered warrior, she helped conquer his enemies and save the kingdom from collapse.

In appreciation, he created the title of Iyoba (Queen Mother) and commissioned the mask.

Carved from ivory, the Queen Idia mask is one of the most iconic

works of the royal arts of the ancient Benin kingdom (1440-1897).

Produced mainly for the Oba to affirm his divine nature, as well as record historical events,

Benin art is renowned all over the world for its excellent craftsmanship.


This section contains updated information about artists, scholars , museums, professionals, educators and other members of the visual arts community to facilitate professional development.

It includes bursaries funding for artistic projects, notices of residencies, employment opportunities, calls for papers and to submit work to exhibitions and as well as competitions.

The 2018 ARTMAZON™ Lagos Conference

Objective: To initiate a forum in Lagos dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.

"It is a thing of great interest to observe how contemporary African art fits naturally in modern and classic space, enhancing with complementing beauty and elegance...Putting art in its rightful place as a potent resource for youth empowerment, socio-cultural and national development, whilst promoting art by Africans worldwide." Kenneth Oronsaye - founder.

ARTMAZON™ provides an online gallery and a platform for African artists who wish to present their works to buyers and collectors on an international platform.

For further inquiries please contact:
Email: kenneth.oronsaye@artmazon.com

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Sakhile&Me, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Sep 7 - Nov 30, 2018

In its inaugural exhibition, the new contemporary art space Sakhile&Me presents “Embodiment” – a selection of 16 mixed media works and a video installation by artist Nnenna Okore.

The exhibition will run from September 7 until November 30, 2018, and is the artist’s first solo show in Germany. A bi-lingual catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.

“Nnenna Okore: Embodiment” shows abstract works made from burlap, cheesecloth, manila rope, yarn, paper, wire, dye and acrylic. They form richly textured fibre sculptures sprouting from the walls like organisms growing out to meet the space. The exhibition also shows new textured acrylic, gesso and clay paintings reminiscent of fossil-like structures and topographic landscapes, inviting the viewer to contemplate the passing of time and prompting an excavation of life forms drawn from memory and imagination.

Nnenna Okore is well known for her fibre works whose intricate textures and vibrant colours reference organic elements such as plants, roots or veins and explore themes of transience and transformation. Similarly, references to nature are presented through a series of organic and cellular arrangements in her new paintings. “Theatrical randomness, repetition and connections are at the core of these new pieces”, Okore says. “Captured in the familiar yet rugged terrain of their surfaces are references to the uneven rhythms of life. Intricate textures borne out in vivid patterns and colours embody the complexities of our transient existence laced with irregularities, uncertainty, sterility or opulence of time.”

Nnenna Okore was born in Australia, raised in Nigeria and Swaziland and is currently Chair of the Art Department at North Park University in Chicago. She has received her bachelor’s degree in fine and applied arts from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and her master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa and has trained with El Anatsui, Chike Aniakor, and Chijioke Onuora. Over the last two decades, the 2012 Fulbright Fellow has shown internationally in over 100 solo and group exhibitions, spanning the United States of America, India, Dubai, Brazil, Nigeria, France, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Denmark. Okore lives and works in both Nigeria and Illinois.

Sakhile&Me is a new contemporary art space based in downtown Frankfurt working with emerging and established international artists, creative entrepreneurs and curators, with a particular focus on Africa and its many diasporas. The gallery’s two founders, Sakhile Matlhare and Daniel Hagemeier, received bachelor’s degrees from Hamilton College and master’s degrees from the University of Sydney. Matlhare then pursued a doctoral degree at Northwestern University focusing on how contemporary artists work alongside curators, art historians and other art experts in the gatekeeping process, within and beyond the rubric of contemporary African art. Hagemeier has worked with his father, Achim Hagemeier (Kunsthandel Hagemeier), for the past four years, specializing in German Expressionist and classical modern art.

Queen Moremi the Musical

House of Oduduwa and Rejuvenee, in collaboration with Bolanle Austen-Peters Production, presents the most anticipated live theatre show of one of the greatest Yoruba Queen to ever live, Queen Moremi The Musical running from December 21 to January 2, 2019.  

Queen Moremi is recorded in history as the evergreen, loving and selfless Queen who rescued and preserved the kingdom of Ile-Ife in present day Osun State. The Musical has a line-up of noteworthy cast members; Lala Akindoju, Bamike ‘Bam Bam’ Olawunmi, Ela Olurogbo, Rotimi Adelagan, Kunle Afolayan, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Bimbo Manuel, Femi Branch, Adeyemi Okanlawon, Tosin Adeyemi, Segun Dada, Paolo Sisiano, Moshood Fattah, Kehinde Oretimehin, Justin Ezirim, Franklyn Ossai, Deyemi Okanlanwo, Celestine and Ayo Ayoola.

The costume work for the musical is famously made from the 19th-century attires for the royal house of Ile-Ife, Nigeria, a project led by the Bolanle Austen-Peters’ creative team.

Ambassador to the Queen Moremi Ajasoro Initiative and Executive Director of the musical, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi says, “Queen Moremi is a global representation of the present day Queen Warrior, being a queen was never only to be behind the scenes, but also getting in the forefront of solving mystery battles which is pretty remarkable and we are not going to shy away from that.”


artist of the month

Raqib Abolore Bashorun was born in Lagos in 1955 He holds a MFA in Sculpture with a minor in Drawing (2002), as well as a M.Ed. (Art Education, 1984) from University of Missouri, Columbia.

Since 1995, Bashorun has been Principal Lecturer at his alma mata, the School of Art, Design and Printing, Yaba College of Technology, where he has held other positions including Chief Lecturer / Head of Department of Graphics(2005-2008).
Raqib Bashorun is one of the most prominent artists working in Nigeria today. His exemplary career as an artist and a teacher is marked by significant exhibitions around the world and the quality of a younger generation of artists defining their spaces on the Lagos contemporary space.

Since 1987, issues of waste, recycling and environmental sustainability have engaged the artist, underscoring a preoccupation with found materials, which he skillfully reproduces as objects of beauty and usefulness.

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