Born 1979 in Kumba, Cameroon

Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

 

Using a crude, expressive painterly language, Adjani Okpu-Egbe unfolds a wide range of themes based on African history and the African diaspora, incorporating them with autobiographical materials. The mathematical formulae that appear in many of his paintings are an automatic scribble that has become his distinguishing mark. The math exercises he was forced to do as a child reappear in his paintings as a repetitive sign of his relationship with his father and consequently with any imposing, repressive authority: the signs that represent science and logic become in his hand a subconscious, automatic, wild and uncontrollable scrawl, and - perhaps the worst affront in the context of West and non-West relationships - a decorative element.

 

Often painting on found materials such as reclaimed doors, Adjani's boundless imagination and experimental curiosity allow him to take these salvaged materials to heart and use them as convincing metaphors.

 

Okpu-Egbe most noteworthy exhibitions include Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism curated by Ruth Direktor at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2016.