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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Our Logo is the most visible representation of the
Society. It consists of our name and symbol,

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.

Portfolio Review

Call for Entries: Modern and Contemporary Art Auction
TKMG Auction House announces its call for entries for the 2018 Auction of Modern and Contemporary Art to be held mid-2018, at Terra Kulture Arena, Victoria Island, Lagos.
To apply; please send full caption of images, pricing and information of artwork to enquires@terrakulturemydrimauctionhouse.com or mydrimgallery1@yahoo.com.
Submission closes on March 31st, 2018.

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Opening Reception: March 22, 2018, 6pm

Artist Talk: March 24, 2018, 1 PM

From March 22 ― 29, 2018 Arthouse Foundation will present a joint exhibition by the Inês Valle and Kitso Lynn Lelliott at 16/16, 16 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The exhibition features the final projects undertaken during the artists’ three-month residences in Lagos.

Beauty Africa

From October 3 – 5, Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions. Africa’s leading healthcare exhibition organisers, host the annual ‘Beauty Africa’ show.

The event will take place at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island Annex, Lagos, and will feature beauty, health, wellness, skin care, hair and makeup products such as cosmetics, perfume and fragrances.

Beauty Africa will provide a platform for local and foreign companies to meet and interact with specialists and professionals as well as dealers and distributors in the Nigeria beauty and wellness industry.


artist of the month

Odun Orimolade was born in 1976. She holds a Higher National Diploma in painting from Yaba College of Technology, where she now holds a faculty position in the School of Art, Design and Printing. Orimolade is also an alumna of the University of South Africa, where she is pursuing further studies.

A broadly experimental artist, Orimolade’s practice spans painting, drawing, collage, etching, mixed media, costume, installation and performance. She is a recipient of several academic awards, including the Prof. Y. A. Grillo Award (1998), Nigerian Cards Ltd Award (1998), Rector’s Award for Academic Excellence (1998), Jeromelaiho and Associate Award (1998), Insight Communication Award (1998), Fasuyi Art Prize (1998) and Conrad Theys Bursary Award, South Africa (2011).

Odun Orimolade’s work has been exhibited extensively in Nigeria and internationally.  Her first solo exhibition was held at the Terra Kulture Gallery in Lagos (2006). More recent exhibitions include a solo at the UNISA Space Art Gallery in Pretoria, South Africa and Six Draughtsmen at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA, 2013). In addition to her independent practice, Orimolade has taken part in several artistic collaborations in Nigeria.

latest news

Review: Music Meets Art

The Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) in collaboration with the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) launched a 3-part programme themed Music Meets Art, comprising of an art exhibition, an award dinner and art auction. The initiative was an avenue to celebrate the ties between both forms of creative expression. The 22nd annual festival of the Musical Society […]

Music Meets Arts

About Music Meets Art The relationship between music and art is an inextricable one and has existed for many centuries. Artists have always celebrated minstrels and singers in paintings and sculpture. Indeed, in traditional African society, the masquerade which is the highest form of creativity embodies music, dance, costume, performance and art – sculpture in […]

Courtesy Visit to the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo

On July 27, 2018, the national executive of the SNA paid a courtesy visit to Prof Yemi Osinbajo SAN, GCON, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to discuss partnership initiatives to rebuild our nation for not only the present but also for future generations of Nigerians. Areas outlined include : A structure befitting for the […]

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