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
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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.


Portfolio Review

Lagos Photo in collaboration with National Geographic calls for entries a portfolio review. Stand a chance to win $10,000. Submit your portfolio to LPReview@africanartists.org before November 21, 2017. Entry is free.

For more information: Visit http://lagosphotofestival.com

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Daer Nigeria, Dear Friends

From November 25 to December 7, 2017, the Literacy Integration and Formal Education (LIFE) Foundation in collaboration with Alliance Française will present Dear Nigeria, Dear Friends, an exhibition of recent works by leading contemporary Nigerian artists Fidelis Odogwu, George Edozie, Alex Nwokolo, Gerry Nnubia, Francis Uduh and Abraham Uyovbisere.

An Art Exhibition

An exhibition of works by the Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FEAAN) in collaboration with The Embassy of Germany in Nigeria and the American Embassy Abuja will hold on December 4, 2017 at 9, Lake Maracaibo Close, off Amazon Street, Maitama by 6pm and will also hold at 5, Amazon Street Maitama on the 9th of December to 10th of December 2017 by 9am – 10pm, and it is Themed “Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women And Girls.

Menu Weh?

Menu Weh? An exhibition of recent paintings, sculptures and assemblages by Nathaniel Hodonu opened on November 11, 2017 at the National Museum in Onikan Lagos. The exhibition opens daily to the general public from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and will run till November 24, 2017.

For more information, kindly call 08063377393.


From November 12 to 21, 2017, Omenka Gallery will present Where Do We Go from Here?, an exhibition of recent work by leading contemporary Nigerian artist Ebenezer Akinola.

Akinola was born in Ibadan on the 1st of December, 1968. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in painting from the University of Benin in 1989. Between 1991 and 1992, he taught at Holy Child Secondary School, Calabar, and Birrel Avenue High School, Lagos. He later worked for a year at Insight Communications Limited, Lagos before settling down into full studio practice.

Portraits and figure studies form a special part of Akinola’s oeuvre. He skillfully achieves a balance of realistic and abstract passages in his work, adding further depth with a combination of broad sweeping strokes in the background and smaller, finer details to accentuate areas of interest.


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

Tribute to Bisi Fakeye

Though the great talent that was Bisi Fakeye is no longer around, his vision is still very much with us. Indeed, his death marks the passing of one of Nigeria’s most gifted sculptors. Hailing from a family of talented wood carvers, he apprenticed under his famous uncle, Lamidi at the family’s hometown in Osun State. […]

The 3rd Peace Poster, Competition/Exhibition of the Art Republic

The Art Republic (Centre for Arts and Cultural Democracy) invites art students of Nigerian universities and polytechnics to submit entries for her third Peace Poster competition and exhibition. Entries should address the theme of “Peace” from a local or global perspective.

Life’s Journey an Exhibition of works by Zino Orara

An exhibition of works by Zinno Orara will hold from November 25 to December 4, 2017 at Terra Kulture Gallery, Plot 1376,Tiamiyu Savage, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos. The exhibition is held in memory of Adaora, Orara’s wife who died in 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

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