“I am continually inspired by; Italian Renaissance art, early Flemish masters (14th century), Mbari art and ideology (Igbo, Nigeria), ink paintings by “Ohwon” Jang Seung-Ub (1843-97) & Shintao, the poetry of Christopher Okigbo (1932_67) & Hafez (13th century), the writings of Joseph Campbell, Afro-beat, Funk and Hip-Hop.”
The Pioneer – Kwame Nkrumah, 2019, Ink Wash Print on Silk Satin, 70 x 70 cm
Obiageli Annabel Zeinab Okigbo grew up in Nigeria until the age of 16. She continued her studies in Kent, then graduated from Oxford Brooks University with a BA in Architecture and pursued her post-graduate studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She practiced architecture in London, Rome and Paris until 1995 when she moved to Brussels where she currently lives with her two children. Her training as an architect left a strong imprint on her work, expanding her reach through new media and support, ranging from “Indian ink on linen” to
oil paint on canvas and collage. She has exhibited in Nigeria, United Kingdom, Dubai and Belgium including two major solo exhibitions in Lagos, 2003 and London, 2007. She established the Christopher Okigbo Foundation in 2005, which is tasked with researching and preserving the legacy of her late father, the poet Christopher Okigbo (1932-1967).