AINA Onabolu

Born September 13, 1882,

Ijebu Ode.



Gender: Male
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Profession Artist
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part-time art teacher, primary schools, 1915-1920; art teacher, Methodist Boys’ High School, Lagos; painting instructor, Kings College, St. Gregory’s College, Lagos Baptist Academy and other Lagos schools;

Initially taught himself and executed portraits of prominent Nigerians before going to Europe for formal training, 1900-1920; diploma in art, St. Johns Wood Art School, London, 1922; Certificate of Profidency in oil painting and fine arts, Academie Julien, Paris.

Group Exhibitions “Pictures by Aina Onabolu and Drawings by his Pupils,” Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos, November-December 1925. FESTAC ’77, July 1977. “Exhibition of Nigerian Traditional and Contemporary Art,” Lagos, 1978. Writings by the Artist A Short Discourse on Art. Lagos, 1920. Understanding the New Art. Paper read during the exhibition of Onabolu’s students at the TomJones Hall, Lagos, early 1950s, [unpublished]. Awards & Honors Medal of the British Empire, 1957, for fine arts education in Nigeria; “Chief Aina Onabolu Art Prizes,” established by Sodety of Nigerian Artists, November 27, 1965; Fellow (posthumous), Asele Institute, Nimo, 1985.

pioneered art instruction in Nigerian schools, encouraging a realistic and naturalistic style; instrumental in inviting Kenneth Murray to come to Nigeria to teach art; sometimes referred to as “father of modern Nigerian art.” Solo Exhibitions Portraits, Lagos, 1919. “Pictures of Onabolu,” Lagos, April 27-30, 1920. Produced his first portrait, “Mrs. Spencer Savage”, 1906; executed portraits of Nigerians as commissions, 1910-1915;

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