Nigerian Sculptor: Osaretub Ighile

Nigerian Sculptor: Osaretub Ighile


Osaretub Ighile, Nigerian-born artist, Sculptor, painter and video artist.

“My art is deeply, socially conscious, drawing from the artistic heritage of my people, the Benins in Nigeria, my experiences as a black man and African immigrant in New York and my profound desire to create. After having lived in Brooklyn for many years, I’ve come to recognize we all have common threads.

The direction of my sculpture over the years has been re-purposed materials as a way of giving voice to my personal convictions. In working with rope in particular, I noticed the polarizing nature of rope as a noose and its historical context. Rope remains an ugly symbol of the American past and yet it is highly accessible. I find it paradoxical that that something so simple and ordinary can have such power. These materials have symbolic presence that engage the viewer, as do the many other materials that I use in my creations.”

– Osaretub Ighile

Oba Ovonramwen of Benin,” 2011 (plastic, metal, wood)

“Deities,” 2011 (rope on steel armatures).
“Deities,” 2011 (rope on steel armatures).

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  1. AJames11 real name not valid

    February 2, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    this is from two people by the way
    just kidding
    i loved this guys art so much i almost died{figure of speech} espesially the last one…that man made out of cardboard…..the guy should make more 🙂

  2. Anele

    March 25, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    very creative creations…..

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