Timi Kakandar | Nigeria

BIO

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.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Selected solo exhibitions:

2018
“Synthesis”, Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria

2018
“Identity”, Kalakuta Museum, Lagos, Nigeria

2015
The Other Side of Felabration

Selected group exhibitions:

2019
“Art to Z: spring group exhibition”, AKKA Project Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2010-2011
4th and 5th Juried Art Exhibition, Artburst

2008
“Niger Delta Chronicles”, Lagos, Nigeria

2004
“Colours From the Niger Delta”, British Council, Lagos, Nigeria

2003
Art Nuveau Gallery of Arts, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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