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Spotlighting An African Legend: Yinka Shonibare

  • April 26, 2022
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Spotlighting An African Legend: Yinka Shonibare

By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa

Yinka Shonibare (born 9 August 1962), is a British-Nigerian artist who lives in the United Kingdom.

He began painting, sculpture, photography and film with the sole aim of seeking to explore issues of race and class.

His work explores cultural identity, colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation.

In so many artworks of his, he tries as much as he can to showcase a brightly coloured Ankara fabrics on them – to depict the African nature.

Yinka is physically incapable of making works himself; resulting in him using an electric wheelchair because he has a physical disability that paralyses one side of his body.

At an early age, Yinka contracted Transverse Myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord, which resulted in a long-term physical disability.

Regardless of his disability, he has not stopped showcasing his love for African Arts. He has won several awards.

Yinka Shonibare received the Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Award in March 2021. He is the 8th recipient of this award. The award celebrates artists who have made significant contributions to a particular medium.

He has a functional Foundation, studio and Guest Artists Space (G.A.S).

We are inspired by this great African Legend.

Below are some of his Artworks

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