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Father & Son



Emmanuel Ekong Ekefrey

"Colour beautifies the world. African masks are seen as an element of ugliness; my role is to use vibrant colours to beautify what is termed as ugly." - Emmanuel Ekong Ekefrey

Born in 1952 into a lineage of men with the gift of artistry, I have always been inspired by my father who was the finest wood carver in Ikot-Ukap. As a young boy, running around barefoot on the streets of Ndiya village, I played around with charcoal and drew line expression on sand. This has metamorphosized over the years into delicate forms on canvas. My themes are a reflection of common events within the society. My paintings have a signature of "gigantism" a term that I employ to occupy every useful space in my canvas to draw viewers into deeper engagement with my paintings. With my lens on my Ibibio cultural roots, my work celebrates the aesthetics of the ancestral masks of my people with keen emphasis on Ekpe masquerade and the Abang maiden dancers.


I have exhibited my works in major galleries around the world: France, USA, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Venezuela, and his Fatherland Nigeria to mention a few.


Erikan Ekefrey

Through a distinct African style of narration, my paintings depict cultural heritage and traditions using vibrant colors and lyrical forms which are both non figurative and abstract that I often use mask-like faces.


I am influenced by my father who is also a renowned artist. He is inspired by his father who was a sculptor in carving wooden images and masquerade masks. Our family is the only to have this style of painting in the world. My style is afro cubism. I outline my images with black lines and design African motif patterns between spaces. I use colors to symbolize events and depict traditions using earth tones and colors that are complementary or Analogous color in  nature. 


I am inspired by music, dance, cultural activities, traditional ceremonies and everyday life through color and symbolism.  My paintings celebrate the power of traditions and homage to the spiritual connection between the land and the people. 

My art is conceptual. When I am creating, I am not the only one painting in front of the canvas. There is an inner man that is always directing me and guiding my brush strokes allowing images to flow with huge excitement. I am an artist because God created the world and made everything, so He instilled in me the power to create beautiful paintings for the world to see. I am continuing what my ancestors started by bringing African (Nigeria) art to the world through sharing the rich narrative of my culture, heritage and community.  


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Emmanuel Ekong Ekefrey

Since 1985, Emmanuel has been exhibiting his paintings and have been featured
around the world in major galleries around the world including: France, USA, Denmark,
Germany, Mexico, Venezuela, and his Fatherland Nigeria to mention a few. Featured in
news articles such as: The Guardian, The Nation and This Day Live, Emmanuel Ekefrey
has been named a “top flight artist on parade for the world to see”. Winning awards as
“The Best Overall” Nigerian artist, Emmanuel has always been committed to his artistry
and gifting the world with his talents.


In 2020, birthed out of the global pandemic, Emmanuel was featured in a solo art
exhibition “Masked Faces In Lockdown” with the Thought Pyramid Art Centre in Lagos,
Nigeria. In 2021, several of Emmanuel's paintings were featured in Nobel Prize African
novelist, Abdulrazak Gurnah books.


Emmanuel’s paintings are spread out throughout the world with many avid art buyers,
art collectors and galleries to this day and his paintings are circulated with much
appreciation of the authentic angle with his unique style of expression.


As of current, Emmanuel is still active with his artistry in visual arts and continues to do
what he loves and is gifted to do by continuing the legacy that was passed down from
generation to generation and he has carried this legacy to his children.
Emmanuel expresses a gratitude of thanks to everyone that has purchased his works
which continues to keep the world a beautiful place.



Emmanuel Ekong Ekefrey



  • “Masked Faces” – Thought Pyramid Art Centre – Lagos, Nigeria


  • African Art, Kenya


  • Alliance Française – Lagos, Nigeria


  • Alliance Française – Margarita Island – Caracas, Venezuela

  • International Art and Culture Festival – Gallery Sigvardson – Rødby, Demark


  • African Stories – Dany Keller Galerie – Eichelhardt, Germany


  • Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey, “Surviving The Inferno” – Nimbus Art Gallery – Lagos, Nigeria


  • French Cultural Centre – Lagos, Nigeria


  • Elf Village – Port Harcourt, Nigeria


  • Elf Village – Port Harcourt, Nigeria


  • Goethe Institute – Lagos, Nigeria

  • Elf Village – Port Harcourt, Nigeria


  • Signature Art Gallery – Lagos, Nigeria


  • Venetian Gallery – Madrid, Spain


  • Le Vallon du Villaret – Bagnols-les-Bains, France


  • Dany Keller Galerie – Munich, Germany


  • African Biennale of Plastic Art – Abidjan, Ivory Coast


  • Cultural Center and Contemporary Art Museum – Mexico City, Mexico

  • Groninger Museum – Groningen, Netherlands


  • Atlantic Center of Modern Art – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

  • African Art – Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Espace Paul Boye – Sète, France


  • French Cultural Centre – Lagos, Nigeria


  • Won “The Best Overall” Nigerian Artist in the French Revolution Contest – Lagos, Nigeria


  • Champ de Mars Square Gallery – Solo painter of the Festival Luxurious Bus – Angoulême, France

  • 2nd Cosmopolitan Art Exhibition – Los Angeles, California, USA

  • Angoulême International Comics Festival – Angoulême, France


  • French Cultural Centre – Cotonou, Benin, West Africa


  • French Cultural Centre – Lagos, Nigeria


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