Victor Ekpuk


Victor Ekpuk is a Nigerian-American artist based in Washington, DC. Ekpuk obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University, Ife, Nigeria in 1989. He is renowned for glyph-like paintings and drawings that are inspired by the aesthetic concepts of indigenous African writing systems and graphic symbols from diverse cultures His work frequently explores the human condition, drawing upon a wide spectrum of meaning that is rooted in African and global contemporary art discourses.

Ekpuk’s works have been featured in exhibitions at Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, The Tang museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, 12th Havana Biennial, Dakar Biennial, Hood Museum, Krannert Art Museum, Fowler Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Newark Museum, The World Bank, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the 1st Johannesburg Biennial. His artworks are in collections of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, Brooks Museum, The World Bank, Newark Museum, Hood Museum, Krannert Art Museum, United States Art in Embassies Art Collection.

Ekpuk has been awarded several commissions by museums in the United States. In 2016, he was commissioned by The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art to design trophies awarded to recipients of the museum’s first African Art Awards. One of the recipients was Yinka Shonibare MBE. In 2017, he completed a large-scale 30 x 18ft. centerpiece mural at the North Carolina Museum of Art, as well as a 58ft. mural commission at the Memphis Brooks Museum. He is currently commissioned by Penguin Random House Publishers to illustrate new covers of popular books by Africa’s most renowned author, Chinua Achebe. These volumes include, African Trilogy, Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of The People and other well-loved Achebe novels.

Artist Events

Victor Ekpuk's Eye See You comments on the age of ever present state of surveillance where we are constantly watching others and are also being watched. Installed at the Smithsonian's Arts + Industries Building:

Saturday, June 15, 10am-6pm
Sunday, June 16, 10am-6pm
Friday, June 21, 10am-6pm
Saturday, June 22, 10am-midnight
Sunday, June 23, 10am-6pm