Nigerian artist Joseph Eze’s series of portraitures engages the subject of the female body. His portrait series deal with the intersection between Nigeria’s politics and the female body. He had his first solo show, Inside of Me in 2002 at Castledown Art Gallery, Victoria Island, Lagos and another group show, With a Human Face at Lagos Business School, Lekki, in 2006. He graduated in 2002, and has been a studio artist for nine years. He made his debut appearance in a group show New Energies at Nimbus Art Centre and Mydrim Art Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos, in 2001. Later that year, at the yearly National Youth Culture Festival Delegation in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, he came first for drawing, and second prize for painting.
Sometimes Joseph Eze’s works are enmeshed in narrative riddles. They often recall a vast interplay of visual forms between the subject and accompanying images. We love his works, similar but not quite the same as that of Toyin Odutola. Joseph Eze focuses on an aesthetic approach to figurations. He seems to continuously us the body as a platform for exploring the meaning of identity.
See more of his works below: