Painter, Sculptor Birth: 1937, in Igbo Ukwu, Anambra State. Died 1969. Training: Diploma in fine arts, Nigerian College of Arts, Sdence & Technology, Zaria, 1960; training at the British Museum, London, 1961-1962. Profile: Full name, Simon Obiekezie Okeke; toured museums in Athens, Paris, Rome, and Tripoli, 1960; traveled to the United States, 1962; employed, Research Laboratory, British Museum, London, 1961-1962; technical officer, Department of Antiquities; curator, Nigerian Museum, Lagos, 1966; part-time lecturer, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos; belonged to the Zaria Arts Sodety. Founding member: Sodety of Nigerian Artists. Solo Exhibitions Jos Museum, September 1-28, 1959. Exhibition Centre, Marina, Lagos, October 30-November 9, 1963. Goethe Institute, Lagos, December il—19, 1964. "Simon Obiekezie Okeke, Painter, Sculptor, Curator," Ministry of Sodal Development, Youth, Sports and Culture, Enugu, January 1976. Group Exhibitions Independence Exhibition, Lagos, September 20-October 2, 1960. Nigerian National Collection of Antiquities, National Gallery of Rhodesia, Salisbury, Rhodesia, 1962. "Art From Africa of Our Time," Phelps-Stokes Fund, New York, USA, December 28, 1961-January 19, 1962. Nebraska State College, Chadron, Nebraska, USA, 1963. "Inaugural Exhibition of the Sodety of Nigerian Artists," Exhibition Centre, Lagos, January 16-22, 1964. First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar, Senegal, 1966. "Kunst und Kunsthandwerk aus Biafra," Bonn, Cologne, and Trier, Germany, 1969. "Nigerian Contemporary Art Symposium, Nsukka 1976," Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, March 22-25, 1976. FESTAC '77, Lagos, 1977. "The LivingArt of the Igbo," Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, April 1977. "Exhibition of Works by Contemporary Nigerian Artists," National Theatre, Lagos, September 4-9, 1977. "Introdudng Ana Gallery," University of Nigeria, Nsukka, January 1978. "East Zonal Exhibition: Sodety of Nigerian Artists," Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, October 25-28, 1978. "Christian Arts in Nigeria," Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha, June 1979. "20th Nigerian Independence Anniversary Exhibition of Art, Crafts and Antiquities," Enugu, September 1980. "National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, September 25-October1, 1980. "Werbung fur Biafra," Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany, 1985. "Original Prints from the Third Nsukka Workshop, 1987," Ana Gallery, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, October 29-November 2, 1987; Franco-German Auditorium, Lagos, November 4-18, 1987. Commissions Designed postage stamps and currency notes, Government of the Republicof Biafra. Awards & Honors Fellow (posthumous), Asele Institute, Nimo, 1985; Sodety of Nigerian Artistsaward (posthumous), 1989. Public Collections Carl Van Vechten Gallery of Fine Arts, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Works on paper: "The Face," "The Ultimate," and "Heads with Drum." Lagos University Library, University of Lagos, Lagos. Oil painting: "Devotion"; watercolors: "Family," "Portrait of a Girl," and 'The Rest." Works formerly in the collection of the Federal Sodety of Arts & Humanities. Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia, USA. Works formerly in the Harmon Foundation Collection. University of Nigeria, Ana Gallery, Nsukka. Goauche: "The Final Instruction."
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