is probably Nigeria’s most celebrated artist. He has for the past 50 years created artworks that have defined Nigerian art. He enrolled at Ahmadu Bello University in 1957 and by 1963 had begun to teach art at St. Gregory’s College, Lagos where he thought for many years.
His themes dig deep into the history and traditions of his native Urhobo people using these to create an African cultural experience.
By the early 1990s Sam Ovraiti
had gained a reputation as probably the best water colour painter in Nigeria. He was at the time an art lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi. He has continued to create the most enchanting water colours inspired by the idyllic Auchi landscape.
Ovraiti works in Lagos. His themes keep changing, but his quest for the perfect expression of the wonder of colour remains.
was born 1964 in Nigeria. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied Fine Art, majoring in Sculpture. He graduated in 1989.
He has since then worked as both a sculptor and painter. His style is unmistakable, relying on simplicity in form and colour to create strong visual images of everyday Nigeria.