Benedict Enwonwu

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Enwonwu, Benedict


(Ben Enwonwu). Born 1921 in Onitsha, eastern Nigeria. Nigerian painter and sculptor.

Enwonwu studied at the Slade School of Art in London. In addition to works in the vein of the fantastic grotesque, for examples, murals for a house in Lagos and the series African Dances, he paints realistic landscapes. In his works of sculpture he employs traditional forms of folk carving and techniques of European art, for example, in Girl’s Head. His sculptures are distinctive and inspired.


Grigorovich, N. “O dvukh khudozhnikakh Nigerii.” Iskusstvo, 1964, no.5.
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