AKATAKPO Donatus

Address: 11 Bassie Ogamba Street, off Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, Lagos. Birth: July 13, 1956, in Warri, Delta State. Training: BA in fine arts, University of Ife, 1979; MFA, University of Benin, 1983; MPhil in visual arts, University of Ibadan, 1987; PhD candidate, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. Profile: Full name, Donatus Martins Akatakpo; lecturer, Lagos State Collegeof Education, Lagos,1980-1981; curator, National Councilfor Arts &Culture, Lagos, 1984; lecturer, University of Ife, Ile-Ife, 19851986; arts editor, Newbreed Magazine, Lagos, 1988; painted portraits of several dignitaries in Lagos, 1987-1988; an exponent of Onaism. Member: Arts Council of the African Studies Association; Museum Society of Nigeria; Society of Nigerian Artists. Group Exhibitions "National Art Institutions Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, January 11-26, 1980. "National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, September 25-October 1, 1980. "The Ife Art School: 1974-1984," National Theatre, Lagos, April 27-May 19, 1984; Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, June 1-15, 1984; Concorde Hotel, Owerri, August 20-25, 1984. "Silver Jubilee National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, September 26October 1, 1985. "Towards a Greater Nation," Italian Cultural Institute, Lagos, December 5-19, 1987. "Ona 2: Radiance of Rhythms," National Museum, Lagos, September28-October 5, 1990. Commissions Five murals, University of Benin, BeninCity, 1983,jointly with Kunle Filani. Two murals, Henkens Vecbet, Lagos, 1988. Murals, hotel, Agbor, 1984.[together with Kunle Filani]. Writings by the Artist The Paintings of Yusuf Grillo: An Analysis. BA thesis, Universityof Ife, Ile-Ife, 1979. [unpublished]. Gluch Paint: A New Medium for Painting. MFA thesis, University of Benin, Benin City, 1983. [unpublished]. Public Collections National Council for Arts & Culture, Lagos.
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