“My work is influenced by my fascination with African masks, the built space and architecture and its ability to shape ones identity. I am interested in the differences in human attitude, relating to the culture of a built environment that they inhabit. I have also observed how structures like architecture, roads and public spaces are named after people, which create an awareness of the person’s deeds and archive their existence.”.”
Untold Space II, 2019, Charcoal on paper, 15 x 11 in
Patrick Akpojotor (born 1982) is a multidisciplinary artist working across painting, drawing, printmaking, installation art, and sculpture. Akpojotor comes from Agbarha-Otor, Delta state,
and lives and works in Lagos. He studied Fine Art at the School of Art, Federal Polytechnic, Auchi and Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, where he majored in Graphic Design. He also trained as a studio assistant with Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya, one of Nigeria’s foremost experimental artists. Akpjotor has won several awards including the ArtXLagos Prize (2016), and the Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for the “Off The Bin Project” (2013). He has participated in several group exhibitions including “IN-TER-ACTIONS” at Rele Art Gallery. In 2019 he had his first solo exhibition curated by SMO Contemporary Art at the Wheatbaker. His work merges visual elements of the built environment, geometry, human forms and imagined spaces to create abstract compositions that interrogate our sense of perception challenging us to see differently.