Victor Ehikhamenor, 'Praise and worship dancer', 2016, Enamel on canvas, soft sculpture, 152 x 127 cm flat, (installation size varies), Courtesy of Gallery of African Art (GAFRA)
Victor Ehikhamenor, 'Praise and worship dancer', 2016, Enamel on canvas, soft sculpture, 152 x 127 cm flat, (installation size varies), Courtesy of Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) 

Victor Ehikhamenor produces abstract, symbolic, and politically motivated works that reveal his ties to the historical Benin Kingdom. Influenced by the duality of African traditional religion and the interception of Western beliefs, Ehikhamenor examines the ways in which beliefs, memories and nostalgia are relayed through history and politics. Images such as traditionalist religious shrine art are often put in dialogue with various forms of Catholic iconography. Ehikhamenor’s works take on multiple presentations, yet regardless of their form, each piece renders an enchanted world inspired by folklore and city life, by stories real and imagined.

Ehikhamenor’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos, Nigeria (2011); Jennings Gallery, Washington D.C., USA (2008); and Howard University, Washington D.C., USA (2005). He has been featured in exhibitions across Africa, the United States, Asia, and Europe, and was recently selected as one of the two Nigerian artists in the Jogja Biennale, Indonesia (2015).