Viktor Ehikhamenor
Born in Edo State, Nigeria, 1970. Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Victor Ehikhamenor is a multifaceted artist whose practice encompasses painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, as well as unique perforated works on paper. Hailing from Udomi-Uwessan, Edo State, the historic seat of the Benin Empire, the artist draws inspiration from the dual aesthetic and spiritual traditions which infused his upbringing, using imagery and symbolism from both Edo traditional religion and Catholicism. Ehikhamenor has been prolific in producing abstract, symbolic and politically motivated works. He is also an award-winning writer, whose book, Excuse Me!, a satirical non-fiction look at Nigerian life, is a recommended text at two Nigerian universities. Ehikhamenor lives in Nigeria and has held numerous solo exhibitions. A 2016 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow, his work has also been included in multiple group exhibitions and biennales, including the 57th Venice Biennale where he’s showing as part of the Nigerian Pavilion (2017), 5th Mediations Biennale in Pozńan, Poland (2016), the 12th Dak’art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal (2016), Biennale Jogja XIII, Indonesia (2015), and the 56thVenice Biennale as part of the German Pavilion (2015).