Oliver Enwonwu an artist, curator, art administrator, author, writer, publisher and brand strategist.
He is the founder, executive director, and trustee of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. He is also the president of the Society of Nigerian Artists, director of Omenka Gallery and CEO of Revilo Company Ltd., publishers of Omenka, Africa’s first arts, business and luxury-lifestyle magazine. Enwonwu sits on the board of several organisations including the Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria and the Lagos Biennial. He has also served on the governing board of the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria.
From the University of Lagos, Nigeria, he earned a first degree in biochemistry, an advanced diploma in exploration geophysics (distinction), post graduate diplomas in applied geophysics and visual art (distinction). He also holds the distinction as the best graduating Master’s in art history student from the same institution.
The son of celebrated Nigerian pioneer modernist Ben Enwonwu MBE, Enwonwu has exhibited across several countries including Nigeria, the United Kingdom, United States, Ireland and South Africa at the Joburg Art Fair. His work also forms part of many significant private and public collections including Bank of Industry, the Delta State Government, Nigeria. His expertise as a curator is built from thirteen years of running a leading gallery in Africa, consulting for other important galleries, auction houses and museums, as well as curating major exhibitions and presentations at prestigious art fairs around the world, including the Armory Show, Joburg Art Fair, LOOP, Barcelona, Cologne Paper Art, Cape Town Art Fair, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Art14, and the London Art Fair.
As a publisher, he has spent over 14 years developing creative and intellectual content for clients that centre on the visual arts from Africa, film, music, fashion, adventure and design, as well as luxury-lifestyle. He is the publisher and an editorial board member of both Network, the bi-monthly magazine of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce and Cloud 9, Dana Air’s inflight publication.
He writes regularly on art and investment for several important publications, and continues to speak, moderate and participate in public events and discussions on contemporary art developments in Nigeria and Africa.