The Jean Pigozzi African Art Collection

Emmanuel Ekefrey

Born in 1952 in Ndiya, Nigeria.

Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey belongs to the Ibibio ethnic group, akin to the Igbo group which occupies the southeast part of Nigeria. He is very attached to the Ibibio culture which has a rich tradition of music, danse, painting and sculpture. Although some large paintings represent the Ibibio myths and legends, the artist is formal: he isn’t focused on the past. Ekefrey invented his own style. He remembers well the lessons taught by his Ibibio ancestors and believes that each person has a specific gift that he should be free to develop.

The most striking characteristic of Ekefrey’s paintings is the « all-over » technique; paint is applied on the canvas stretched on the floor and it produces an effect of cutting up and interpenetration of each figure, creating movement. There is a profusion of shapes, lines, colors that convey a great dynamic. The viewer’s eyes are driven from a point to the other and this eye movement gives the impression of penetrating the painting.


Bande-Annonce, La Collection Pigozzi à Cannes, Gare maritime de Cannes, France

Aspects of Nude: Selections from the Permanent Collection ,California African American Museum ,Los Angeles, California, USA

African Stories, Ancienne banque du Maroc, Marrakech, Maroc

Expresiones Africanas, Margarita, Caracas, Venezuela

Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey, Alliance française, Lagos, Nigeria

Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey, French Cultural Center Lagos, Nigeria

Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey , Signature Gallery Lagos, Nigeria

Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey , Venetian Gallery, Madrid, Spain

African Biennale for the Visuals Arts, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Africa Hoy / Africa Now, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Espagne ; Groningen Museum, Groningen, Pays-Bas; Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico, Mexique

Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey, Espace Paul Boye, Sète, France
African Art, Copenhague, Denmark

Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey, Goethe institute Lagos, Nigeria
2nd Cosmopolitan Art Exhibition, Los Angeles, USA

Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey, French Cultural Center Lagos, Nigeria
Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey, Goethe institute Lagos, Nigeria


Contemporary Art of Africa.
Seni Awa Camara p.54-57, text in English by Louise Bourgeois.
Edited by Andre Magnin & Jacques Soulillou.
Publisher Harry N. Abraams, New-York.

Africa Hoy. Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno.
Exhibition catalogue, bilingual text Spanish & English.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain