ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK- MR ENOTIE OGBEBOR- AWARD WINNING FINE ARTIST AND SINGER/SONGWRITER

Enotie Ogbebor was born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. A prolific award winning Fine Artist and Singer/Songwriter .He says thus’’ I seek through consistent experiments to use my Art in the quest to encourage humanity to seek for Truth through beauty and harmony. I have been influenced deeply by an intuitive style of Painting, sculpting with colours perceptions/experiences of my environment, people and imagery that come to me.
Documenting his environment the good and the ugly, he has produced works that highlight the plight of child hawkers . These series of paintings focus on children exposed to the vagaries of the streets away from school eking out a living to support their families, a reflection of values gone wrong in society.

Regarded as a foremost authority on Benin Court Art, he has painted in documentary detail in his unique style and colours all the major festivals of the Benin Royal Palace. He recently photo documented & painted the Igue festivals in December 2010 with two world acclaimed National geographic photographers Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher. His works are included in the globally acclaimed book ‘’ Benin; Kings and Rituals’’ edited by Barbara Plankensteiner, His landscapes are breathtaking and cathartic, capturing the splendour of nature . They also document old architecture, the chaos and energy of city life, the rustic lifestyle of rural life, Enotie’s use of colour and texture is unique in the expression of his impressions.
The Carpetbaggers series showing capitalism at work man ,woman, business, hustle, the grind, progress, motion, stress ,resilience, success, challenges, chaos, upheavals, triumphs, the boom/burst of banking, stock markets, economies, the loss of identity, communalism ,privacy are captured in explosive colours and strokes uniquely Enotie’s style reflecting the energy of the bustle .
The mother and child series which captures the special bond which womanhood shares with her off spring. The hope & struggle to create a good environment for her children is humanising in its selflessness. something which transcends money and power.
The bouquet series captures a glorious moment in the life of the floral arrangement and holds it before the viewers gaze, Nature celebrates beauty, we all need to celebrate beauty more in our thoughts, words and deeds and eventually only beauty will be found in all things .
Enotie is a self taught multi-talented artist who has produced short 2D/3D animation as well as music. His obvious talent at an early age made his parents employ an Art teacher for private lessons at home. He has a degree in Economics/Statistics University of Benin Nigeria and has entrepreneurial experience.

He set up Curio studios a Fine Art/digital art studio in 1995 as a 24hour studio. The studio remains home to some of the leading contemporary artists in Nigeria and also we continue to train a lot of younger artists .
He was commissioned in 1996 by the Great Benin centenary committee to produce and organise National/International Art exhibitions to commemorate the Centennial commemoration of the British Invasion of Benin Kingdom in 1897.
His clients include The Oba Of Benin, UBA Plc, Polo, The FAAN in charge of all airports in Nigera, Templars Solicitors, Vetiva, The Ethnographic Museum Vienna Austria, GTB Plc, ACCESS Bank Plc, Quintessence Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos, Terra Kulture V.I. Lagos, Nike Art Center Lekki, Lagos, Thought Pyramid, Abuja, Ed Cross Fine Art Ltd London.
Enotie has visited various global historical Art and culture places like the Parthenon and Acropolis in Greece, the Pyramids of Giza, Statue of Ramses in Egypt, Safaris in Kenya, Ethiopia, The Louvre in Paris, Art Basel in Switzerland, Museums and Galleries all over the world.

Selected Awards/Exhibitions
F.A.C.E awards for Best visual Artist of the Year 2014 Atlanta, Georgia USA.
L.M.A awards for best visual Artist 2014 Lagos, Nigeria
2011: Promises Kept, Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.
2010: Generational Statement, Thought Pyramid Gallery, Abuja.
2007: Eclectic Treasures, Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.
1997; Colours of festivity, Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre Benin,Nigeria
1996; Colours of festivity, Goethe institute Victoria Island ,Lagos
Contact
GSM:+234- 08057-319415
Email: enotimages@yahoo.com / enotimages@gmail.com
Artwanted.com, Saatchiart.com / enotie Ogbebor

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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