Timi Kakandar | Nigeria

Timi Kakandar was born in 1973 in Lagos, Nigeria, where he still lives and works.

He began his artistic path as a painter immediately after graduating at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, in 1999, but he had been already mentored by Jubilee Owei in the early 1990s; this had a profound impact on his life and career. He soon became one of the most prolific contemporary Nigerian artists, and now he is globally collected. In Lagos, Kakandar is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) Lagos Chapter.

His fascination with the human form when it comes to political and social issues led him to work with pencil drawings, acrylic, oil, pastels, and then with painting, drawing and collage to explore the African space, allowing people to clearly distinguish his unique ability. In the end, he realizes art pieces of a profound intensity of bright raw colours, reminiscent of the Fauvist ethos, and fine gestural lines, revealing a presence which emotionally engages the viewer. “Darkness will always serve the light”, goes a popular proverb, and Kakandar’s most recent palette seems to tease that notion.

Timi Kakandar | Nigeria


Selected solo exhibitions:

The Other Side of Felabration ?

“Synthesis”, Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria

“Identity”, Kalakuta Museum, Lagos, Nigeria

Selected group exhibitions:

Art Nuveau Gallery of Arts, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

“Colours From the Niger Delta”, British Council, Lagos, Nigeria

“Niger Delta Chronicles”, Lagos, Nigeria

4th and 5th Juried Art Exhibition, Artburst ?

“Art to Z: spring group exhibition”, AKKA Project Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


    Mother's Love, Acrylic on canvas, cm 59 x 59
    Prisoner of Love, Acrylic on canvas, cm 102 x 112

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