Ben Enwonwu MBE

1918 Born, Onitsha, Nigeria
1994 Died, Lagos Nigeria


1948 Slade School of Fine Arts, London
1946 Ruskin College, Oxford
1944 Goldsmiths College, London

Solo Exhibitions

2005 Celebration of Excellence: the late Ben Enwonwu, [Retrospective], The Royal Commonwealth Society, London

1985 London Mall Galleries, London

1976 Goethe Institut, Lagos

1955 Berkeley Galleries, London

1950 Howard University, Washington DC

1947 Berkeley Galleries, London

Group Exhibitions

2008 Take your road and travel along, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

2006 Portions of Genius, Pan Africa University, Lagos

The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, New York NY

The Short Century, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Short Century, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich

1995 Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Selected Catalogues and Publications

OGBECHIE, S, Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist, University of Rochester Press 2008
HAMTON UNIVERSITY, The International Review of African American Art Vol. 20, no. 1, 2004-5
KASFIR, SIDNEY L, Contemporary African Art, London: Thames and Hudson (World of Art Sereis), 1999
BEIER, ULI, Contemporary Art in Africa, London: Frederick A. Praeger, 1968
National Gallery of Modern Art, The Nucleus: A Catalogue of Works in the National Collection on the inception of the National Gallery of Modern Art (Lagos), Lagos: Federal Department of Culture, 1981

Public Collections

National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Modern Art, National Theater, Lagos

Major Commissions

Portrait sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of England