Spotlight Wednesday | Ehi Obinyan
Wilfred Ehi Obinyan is partly a Nigerian, Ghanaian and Liberian. He is a colourist that explores the emotional force of colour by using subjects such as portraiture and landscape to emphasize the absolute priority of the individual and his perceptions.
In 1992, he garner a distinctions in General Art and Painting from the famous Federal Polytechnic in Auchi, Edo State. After which he became an illustrator/visualiser in a top advertising agency in Lagos before going into full time studio practice in 1995.
Ehi Obinyan is one of the most talented and eclectic artists on the Nigerian scene with quite a number of exhibitions to his credit including the Garage Gallery, San Francisco. He interprets, pronounces and speaks his language with the use of pure and raw colours.
He has given birth to a series of works through his experimentation with the human faces, which he underscores the diversity of facial expressions, including their hidden meanings. He gets his influence from environment, people around, culture, anything that concerns human beings, that is constantly in motion. Basically anything that is fresh and changes with time.
Date of Birth: May 1, 1964
Place of Birth: Logan Town, Bushrod Island, Monrovia, Liberia
As long as it is every day and is continuous, it influences me. As the sun shines in a bright new day, it comes with new things and as somebody who records events, there is no other way to take advantage of the times than to capture what is going on right before your eyes.
As a painter, Ehi is incredibly disciplined and methodical in his approach to work. Many of his works draw their inspiration from a reservoir of deep spiritual influences that stretch from the ancient Kingdom of Benin to the killing fields of Liberia.
Below are some of his works;
Ehi’s current exploits are symbols, portraits and mask paintings, attires, aquatic surroundings and figures of all tribes and cultures of Africa.