Sculptor Address: Silver International Art & Culture Consultancy Centre, 2B Nwachukwu Avenue, PO Box 997, Aba, Imo State. Birth: August 2, 1942, in Umuamadi Nguru Mbaise, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area, Imo State. Training: Diploma in mechanical engineering, Nigerian Institute of Technology, Asaba. Profile: Full name, Silver Opara Agu Chukueggu; son of Dulu Chief Sylvester A. O. Chukueggu and brother of Chinedu Chukueggu; mechanical engineer, Aba Textile Mills, Aba, 1965-1966 and 1971- 1975; army engineer, 1967-1970; sculptor, Mbaise Mbari Art Centre, 1970; fine arts teacher, Girls Technical College, Aba, 1976-1980; freelance artist; a leading member of the Mbaise School; produced massive sculptural works exhibited during national festivals in the seventies; his work has been extensively reviewed in the Nigerian press. Member: Association of Imo Artists. Solo Exhibitions 'The Creative Mind," Girls Technical College, Aba, 1978. Group Exhibitions "Zonal Arts and Crafts Exhibition," Aba, 1954. "Zonal Festival of Arts and Culture," Aba, 1960. "Regional Festival of Art and Culture," Enugu, 1960. Clemo 151 "Mbaise Mbari Cultural Art Exhibition," University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1970. East Central State Festival of Arts and Culture, Enugu, 1970. All Nigeria Festival of Arts and Culture, Ibadan, 1971. All African Festival of Arts and Culture, Dakar, Senegal, 1972. "Contemporary Nigerian Plastic Art Exhibition," Fourth National Arts Festival, Lagos State Cultural Centre, Lagos, 1974. "Arts and Crafts Exhibition," Hodge Podge Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, USA, April 1974. "African Arts Exhibition," Hodge Podge Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 1976. FESTAC '77, Lagos, 1977. "East Zonal Exhibition: Society of Nigerian Artists," Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, October 25-28, 1978. "Silver Jubilee National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, September 26- October 1, 1985. Commissions Stone sculpture, fountain, National Television Authority, Aba, 1948. Stone sculpture, 'The Unknown Woman," Aba Town Hall, Aba, 1989. Stone sculpture, devotion statue with fountain, Aba Diocese, Aba. Wood sculpture, "Edo Goddess," OAU Building, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Wood sculpture, Ikenga Agwu, National Theatre, Lagos. Awards & Honors First prize, Aba Zonal Exhibition of Art & Craft, Eastern Region, 1954; first prize, Aba Zonal Festival of Art & Craft, Eastern Nigeria, 1960; first prize, Eastern Regional Festival of Art & Culture Exhibition, Enugu, 1960; first prize, East Central State, Nigeria Festival of Arts & Culture; first prize and Professor Uche Okeke's Cup, East Central State Festival of Art & Culture, Enugu, 1971; twotime winner of Gold Gong, National Trophy for Art and Culture, 1971 and 1974; first prize, arts exhibition, Dakar, Senegal, 1972; first prize, art and craft exhibition, Hodge Podge Gallery, Santa Barbara, 1974; Chieftaincy title of "Ochi Dike Omenka" by the Ohafia Community, 1975; chosen as National Pace Setter in art and culture, National Television Authority Channel 6, Aba, 25th Independence Anniversary, 1985. Public Collections National Museum of Colonial History, Aba. Sculpture: Lord Lugard, 1985. National Television Authority, Aba. Stone sculpture: fountain, 1978.
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