OKOYE, Augustine Chigbata (Middle Art)

Painter Address: 35 New Market Road, Onitsha, Enugu State. Birth: 1936, in Akamkpisi, Nri, Anambra State. Training: First studied with Young Art, Onitsha; later studied design and drawing with Gills Art for seven months, 1960; attended Oshogbo art workshops, Oshogbo. Profile: Born Augustine Chigbata Okoye; artist/signpainter, Onitsha, 1960; established workshop to produce portraits and barber signs, 1962; moved to Ile-Ife, 1967, sponsored by Ulli Beier; freelance artist in his own studio, Onitsha. Solo Exhibitions Institute of African Studies, University of Ife, Ile-Ife, 1971. Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1972. Goethe Institute, Lagos, March 21-31, 1973. Goethe Institute, Lagos, August 5-10, 1974. French Cultural Center, Lagos, 1989. "Middle Art," Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, September 15- December 2, 1990. Group Exhibitions Museum of Folk Art, Oshogbo, 1965. Second Triennial of Insitic Art, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 1969. "Oeuvres Africaines Nouvelles," Musee de l'Homme, Paris, February 13-April 13, 1970. "Moderne Malerei in Afrika," Museum fur Volkerkunde, Vienna, Austria, December 1970-February 1971. "Kunst fra Nigeria," Louisiana Gallery, Humlebaek, Denmark, 1972. "New African Art in Czechoslovakia," NSprstek Museum, Prague, Czechoslovakia, January- April 1972. "Taidetta Nigeriasta," Kansan Kuvia Folkets Bilder, Helsinki, Finland, 1973. "Contemporary Nigerian Art," Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, July 25- September 1, 1974 "Contemporary Nigerian Art," Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, July 25-October 28, 1974. Goethe Institute, Lagos, June 18-27, 1975. Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1977. "Moderne Kunst aus Afrika," Staatlichen Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany, June 24- August 12, 1979. "Moderne Kunst in Afrika," Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1980. "Neue Kunst in Afrika," Mainz, Germany, June 1980; Bayreuth, Germany, July- August 1980; Worgl, Austria, September 1980. "Senegal bis Sambia: Neue Kunst aus Afrika," Bayreuth, Germany, 1985. "Werbung fur Biafra," Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany, 1985. "Iwalewa: Afrikanische Kunst Heute," Stadtische Galerie, Regensburg, Germany, June 9-30, 1985. "Icons: Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa," National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC, October 25, 1989-September 3, 1990. Public Collections Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany. Oil paintings on hardboard: "Bombing Operation Warpout," "Firing Squad," "Firing Squad: A Strong Man Indeed," "Funeral Ceremony," "I Salute," "Middle Art," "One Nigeria," "See the Manager in Charge-I Salute," "The Sardauna of Sokoto," "The Story of Chukwuma and Rose," "War is Not Good," "Middle Art for Motors Painting," and one barber sign; oil painting: "H. E. Nwobodo, Governor." Museum fur Vblkerkunde, Frankfurt, Germany. Oil paintings: "Uncontentedness," "Major Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in Action," "Alhaji Shehu Shagari," one untitled, and one barber sign. Ntiprstek Museum, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
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