ARTISTTHE LATE BEN OSAWE
Osawe´s works have been shown in many exhibitions in Europe, Africa and the USA.
Born in 1931 the sculptor Ben Osawe is thought to be one of Nigeria´s most outstanding sculptors, like several of his Nigerian contemporaries, Osawe brought traditional Nigerian influences together with the formal language of European classical modernism. Loosely speaking his motifs tend to come from his African surroundings, whereas his style is more European.
Osawe´s works have been shown in many exhibitions in Europe, Africa and the USA. In 1962 he took part in an exhibition of the Artists´ International Association in London, and a year later some of his works were shown in the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh. Since then he has taken part in exhibitions all round the world, from Lagos to New York and New Delhi. His Sculptures are to be seen in many public exhibitions and museums, including the National Gallery of Modern Art in Lagos and the cultural department of the Nigerian Ministry of Information. He died in 2007.