ARTISTDUDU ARUGHA
EMMANUEL

Being an artist living Africa, I am inspired more by my immediate environment and culture, however, I do not subscribe to the idea of one’s art being restrained to some traditional belief or way of life of a particular region or sub-region. I want people to appreciate my work generally; I want my audience to see me as an artist, not necessarily an African artist

Dudu Arugha Emmanuel was born on the 5th August 1974 in Benin City, Edo State to Itsekiri parents from Warri north, Delta state. A nuclear family with four brothers, and encouraging parents that supported him the best they could I his pursuit for a career in the arts.

He had his early education in Benin before advancing to Auchi Polytechnic in 1994. He graduated with a Higher National Diploma (HND) 1999.
He later added a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual arts from the University of Lagos. He has about 26 group exhibitions including “INTRINSIC” in 2009 (An assemblage of painting graduates of 1999 Auchi Art school). He has four awards for artistic excellence to his credit. Emmanuel Dudu also won the Spanish for painting in 2007.
On his art, Dudu said that “Being an artist living Africa, I am inspired more by my immediate environment and culture, however, I do not subscribe to the idea of one’s art being restrained to some traditional belief or way of life of a particular region or sub-region. I want people to appreciate my work generally; I want my audience to see me as an artist, not necessarily an African artist”.

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