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Biography

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.

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Useful Links

revilo company

Revilo is a leading Lagos-based visual arts/cultural communications company. A trans-disciplinary cultural platform for telling contemporary African ideas and stories, our work spans publishing, design, interactive as well as advertising.

omenka online

It is the online global source for up-to-date news, information, and expert commentary on African art, music, architecture & design, literature, performing arts, fashion, luxury-lifestyle, and culture & travel

omenka gallery

It is a leading art gallery in Nigeria and represents a fine selection of established and emerging contemporary Nigerian and international artists working in diverse media.

The Ben Enwonwu Foundation

The Ben Enwonwu Foundation(BEF) was established in 2003 in honour of celebrated Nigerian artist, Professor Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu MBE, NNOM (1917-94).

Society of Nigerian Artists

The Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) is the professional body for all practicing visual artists in Nigeria. In 1963, artists emerging from various schools and colleges of art, as well as members of the Zaria Art Society held a first meeting, where the Society’s present name was adopted