Obinna Makata was born in 1981 and is from Ezimo, Enugu State, Nigeria. Makata graduated from the University of Nigeria in 2007, where he majored in sculpture. Makata is a full time studio artist who lives and works in Abuja and is the Founder and Creative Director of Mma-Nka Studio.
He works in diverse mediums such as sculptor, painting and mixed media practices. Makata’s works focus on the fading aspects of traditional African Culture and values in contemporary society. Makata has participated actively in fifteen group exhibitions since 2003.
He uses fabric as a metaphor for cultural identity and evolving social values. His works create narrative associations that deal with quotidien issues in contemporary Nigerian society, including visa queues, abortions, and crowded work environments. Crudely sketched with ink and acrylic, Makata combines scraps of Ankara fabric to form the bodies and backgrounds of his figures.
Metahistories was Makata’s first solo exhibition and had begun an artist residency at the African Artist’s Foundation in October 2012.