All Eyes On Eghosa Raymond Akenbor


Eghosa Raymond Akenbor is a Nigerian painter, experimental artist, and art educator who is passionate about exploring and creating. He graduated from Auchi Polytechnic with a diploma in Painting and general art, and holds a post-graduate degree in education from the National teacher’s institute. Eghosa draws inspiration from African culture, ancient sculptures, music, and fashion magazines. His early works were influenced by impressionism, which he fused with African features and fashion motifs. He later ventured into mixed media art and collage making after being inspired by Victor Ekpo in 2015. His buyers enjoy his figures with pointillism techniques and African symbols on plain backgrounds. Eghosa’s paintings depict the beauty of African culture in acrylic, and he aims to tell stories and spark meaningful conversations about African roots through his work. Eghosa has exhibited his works and published in several publications, including the No Name Collective Visual Art Magazine, Welding Cultures Exhibition in London, and more.


I like to describe my works as experimental, entertaining and dramatic; a rich combination of fresh colours and found objects. There are unheard stories in every canvas of mine, and colours and shapes are extremely vital to this visual narrative hence the urgent vibrancy and countless formations in every painting. The process involved in creating every story feels very much like sculpting with paint – a paradox of coating the canvas in layers and layers of paint to expose a new dimension of form and colour.

Every one of my paintings provides an opportunity to travel; to embark on a journey, one which is filled with an open-endedness that ensures the traveller experiences a rich, worthwhile and wholesome adventure that is at once enthralling and personal – every painting is open to a personal intimate interpretation. Whilst deeply rooted in the declarative culture of my homestead, my art remains fresh, innovative and ever ready to challenge the status quo. I see my paintings as a warm magical place for singing, dancing and beating of drums; as a happy stream for spontaneous choreography and sudden leaps for the moon; as a time, machine that takes my viewers to places where cheeriness and deep meaningful contemplation coexist.

I am greatly inspired by the environment – the hues in some of my paintings are reminiscent of the brilliance of the ‘African’ sun and some indescribable intangibles. I also use recycled materials and scraps in my works – call it, my little homage to the environment.

Celebration 1, 2022
Acrylic on Canvas, 60 x 60 inches

As an artist, I believe that creating art is a form of celebration. It allows me to express my emotions and share my happiness with others. Every stroke of the brush is a moment of jubilation, and “Celebration 1” is no exception. It is a reflection of the best version of myself, a celebration of life and all its wonders.

Afro Aesthetic 1, 2022
Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 48 inches
Celebration 2, 2022
Acrylic on Canvas, 60 x 60 inches

When I create something new and different, it fills my soul with joy and gratitude. I believe that life is too short to be sad, and we should seize every moment to celebrate. Through “Celebration 2,” I aim to inspire my audience to embrace the same spirit of celebration in their lives.

The painting is a celebration of African beauty, fashion, confidence, and strength. The lady’s hairdo style is particularly striking, exuding elegance and grace. The use of various shapes and symbols adds depth to the painting, creating an intriguing visual experience that captures the imagination of the viewer.

Afro Aesthetic 5, 2022
Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 48 inches
Poetry’s Portrait 3, 2023
Magazines, fabrics, cardboard papers, calendars, sand, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches
Poetry’s Portrait 4, 2023
Magazines, fabrics, cardboard papers, calendars, sand, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches
For more information about the artist, please visit:
Instagram: @eghoartculture

All photographs courtesy of Eghosa Raymond Akenbor
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