OSIFO Osagie

Sculptor Address: c/o Powerline Ministries, Ijachatedo, Itire, PO Box 6557, Surulere, Lagos. Birth: 1939, in Idumu-Omwana, near Benin City, Edo State. Training: Lagos City College and Yaba Technical Institute, 1957; received a grant to study and exhibit art in Israel, 1962; studied under his brother Felix Idubor. Profile: Full name, Paul Osagie J. Osifo; brother of Felix Idubor; artist n-residence, Southern Illinois University, Performing Arts Training Center, Edwardsville, Illinois, USA; freelance artist, Lagos; works in wood, plaster, stone, cement and fiberglass. Solo Exhibitions "Exhibition of Sculpture by Paul O.J. Osifo," British Council, Ibadan, October 1-9, 1963. "African Contemporary Sculpture," St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 198-? Group Exhibitions "Contemporary Nigerian Art," Independence Exhibition, Lagos, September 20- October 2, 1960. Harmon Foundation, New York, USA; Hampton University, Virginia, USA, 1961- 1964. "Kunst aus Zentralafrika," Berlin, Bremen, Dortmund, and Darmstadt, Germany, 1960-1961. "Art from Africa of Our Time", Phelps-Stokes Fund, New York, USA, December 28, 1961- January 19, 1962. Commonwealth Arts Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London, 1965. Commissions Sculptures, crypt figures, Southwell Church, Nottinghamshire, England. Sculptures, 'The Crucifixion" and "The Nativity," Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ, Lagos. Sculpted pillar posts, Queens College, Lagos. Sculpture, "Madonna," St, Paul's Church, Ebute Metta, Lagos. Sculpted panel, University Catholic Church, Ibadan. Sculpture, cast cement, figure of an ancient King of Benin, BalfourStreet, Batyam, Israel. Awards & Honors Certificate for carving, Lagos Festival of the Arts, 1958.
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