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.

sna logo

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.

national executives

Artists’ Professional Development Series (2)

Adenike Adeyemi is a development sector professional with 16 years of experience in non-profit management, enterprise development, education and youth enablement strategies. As the Chief Executive Officer at FATE Foundation, she leads the fulfilment of the organisation’s mission to enable aspiring and emerging Nigerian entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses.

Artists’ Professional Development Series (1)

Adebola Williams is a media entrepreneur, journalist, political activist and motivational speaker. He is the co-founder of RED, which holds high influence media and communication platforms including Red Media Africa, StateCraft Inc. Church Culture, Generation Y! and The Future Project. It boasts of flagship youth media brands like Y! /YNaija.com, Rubbin’ Minds and the Future Awards Africa.

The 2019 National Business Conference

Register to attend the 2019 National Business Conference holding on Thursday, October 3, 2019, in Lagos. Themed "Creating Connections-Building Bridges… Together", and hosted by BNI, the conference aims to provide practical solutions and way forward for businesses and entrepreneurs and present emerging opportunities to harness. There will be connections with quality business professionals and presentations on referrals and networking techniques. In addition, there will industry experts, lectures, business networking and interactions and keynote speakers.

To register, visit https://nationalbusinessconference.com



artist of the month

Segun Aiyesan was born in 1971 in Benin, Nigeria. He studied Electronic /Electrical Engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (1995). Aiyesan is one of the best-known artists on the Lagos contemporary scene. Largely self-trained, portrait and figure studies form a special part of his oeuvre. Aiyesan’s technical proficiency is evident in the subtle rendering of form, mood, and the rich and varied textures of his canvases. Segun Aiyesan has had several solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions in Nigeria, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa and France.

latest news

Masterclass: Music Meets Art, MUSON Festival (October 18 – 26, 2019)

Holding on October 18 and 19 at MUSON, the masterclass will be supervised by well-known artists and aim to provide the highest level of instruction in drawing, painting, and sculpture to students and more accomplished professionals alike who wish to enhance their skills. The sitters will be celebrated musicians, and artists will be encouraged to […]

Music Meets Art, MUSON Festival (October 18 – 26, 2019)

The Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), established in 1963, is the professional body for all practicing visual artists in Nigeria. In pursuance of it’s objectives, the SNA continues to partner with the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) on ‘Music Meets Art’, an initiative designed to celebrate the ties between music and art while increasing the […]

Artists’ Professional Development Series (Part 2)

The second in the Artists’ Professional Development Series held on July 25, 2019, at Freedom Park. The topic was Starting, Incubating and Scaling Businesses led by Adenike Adeyemi, CEO Fate Foundation.   Adenike Adeyemi is a development sector professional with 16 years of experience in non-profit management, enterprise development, education and youth enablement strategies. As the Chief Executive Officer […]

See all our news


SNA Secretariat
Freedom Park, 1, Hospital Road, Lagos
Email: info@snanational.org
Tel: +234 8184553331, 08151122141