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Taxi Driver by @alimiadewale | Bronze | 8 x 20 inches Bronze casting, originally created for religious, cultural and socio-economic functions has been a sophisticated means of expression in African history. Refined bronze casting from Ife were seen in shrines among Yoruba people, dating back to the 12th century. By the 15th century, bronze works were encountered among the Benin people and characteristically called ‘Benin Bronze’ #arthistory #bronze #sculpture #contemporaryafricanart #contemporarynigerianart #materialtimes #adewalealimi #relegallery

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Hand of God by @dotunpopo | Found Objects | 9 x 32 inches | 2018 Compared to the other forms of sculpture, the use of metals or found objects, repurposed to give form to an idea is a welcomed approach that has given a new dimension to the evolution of sculpture in art history. #arthistory #sculpture #sculptor #foundobjects #metalwork #contemporaryafricanart #contemporarynigerianart #materialtimes #dotunpopoola #relegallery

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Just Before by Collins Abinoro ( @artbycollins) | Stainless Steel Spoons | 28 x 25 x 10 inches | 2019 Compared to the other forms of sculpture, the use of metals or found objects, repurposed to give form to an idea is a welcomed approach that has given a new dimension to the evolution of sculpture in art history. #arthistory #sculpture #sculptor #spoons #foundobjects #metalwork #contemporarynigerianart #materialtimes #collinsabinoro

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Nuptial Fues by Olu Amoda | Welded Repurposed Roofing Nails and Steel | 12 x 7 inches | 2018 Compared to the other forms of sculpture, the use of metals or found objects, repurposed to give form to an idea is a welcomed approach that has given a new dimension to the evolution of sculpture in art history. #arthistory #sculpture #sculptor #foundobjects #metalwork #contemporarynigerianart #materialtimes #oluamoda

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It’s the second week of Material Times! Haven’t seen it yet? Make it a date this week. The exhibition features work by Nigerian Artists: Olu Amoda, Peju Alatise, Abdulrazaq Awofeso, Ngozi Omeje, Raqib Bashorun, Reuben Ugbine, Victor Ehikhamenor, Ato Arinze, Nathania Djakoukassi, Enotie Ogbegor, Alimi Adewale, Abinoro Collins and Dotun Popoola Also included in our special installation room is “1989 Renault Master 12.5 D Gear Box Ed. 01/01” an installation by Eric Van Hove, a Belgian-Moroccan conceptual artist, born in Guelma Algeria. #MaterialTimes #ReleGallery #Contemporaryart #africanart #ceramics #woodsculpture #wood #metal #foundobjects #bronze #africanartists #nigerian #nigerianartists

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Congratulations to the selected artists who will be joining the 2019 @releartsfoundation Young Contemporaries Boot Camp! We are looking forward to the intensive program which will hold in Ekiti in the next few days. #youngcontemporariesbootcamp #youngcontemporaries #bootcamp #artbootcamp #releartsfoundation #relegallery

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Thank you to everyone who showed up for the opening of our sculpture exhibition “Material Times”. We are so delighted that you could join us! The exhibition is open until August 31st! Stop by to see it again and again! #MaterialTimes #Sculpture #Metal #Foundobjects #bronze #ceramics #AfricanArt #ContemporaryAfricanArt #ReleGallery #ContemporaryArt #Lagos

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As material times opens tomorrow, we recognise the work of Lamidi Fakeye ,a fifth generation sculptor and academic, he is regarded as one of the top wood carvers in the world. He is credited for helping bring the millennia old tradition of Yoruba sculpture into the modern era. Some of Nigeria’s other famous wood sculptors are Ben Osawe, who depicted natural subjects, abstract forms and figurative work, Olabisi Onawale Fakeye, whose works were inclined towards self-actualization through art using the Igbomina/ Ekiti traditional style, and Erhabor Ogieva Emokpae, noted for his work on the four entrances of the National Theatre in Lagos. New interpretations and renditions are currently being produced by a generation of artists such as, Reuben Ugbine and Abdulrasaq Awofeso #Material Times #Wood #Woodsculpture #lamidifayeke #nigerianhistory #history #africanhistory #art #africanart #contemporaryart

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One more sleep till the opening of Material Times! The exhibition features leading contemporary artists working with ceramics, bronze, wood and metal/found objects. Wood sculpture is the most prevalent form of sculpture because of the availability and accessibility of wood and its malleability, much like the Benin bronze sculpture, often a figurative representation of the human form; typically used for religious or spiritual purposes. New interpretations and renditions are currently being produced by a generation of artists such as, Ruben Ugbine and Abdulrasaq Awofeso ( @abdulrazaqawofeso ). View their works starting tomorrow when #MaterialTimes open! #MaterialTimes #wood #woodsculpture #contemporaryart #relegallery #abdulrasaqawofeso #reubenugbine

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#MaterialTimes opens tomorrow and will feature the work of Olu Amoda, a sculptor, mixed media artist and significant figure in the contemporary art world. (courtesy @arttwentyone) #MaterialTimes recognises the artistic innovation that Olu Amoda and other artists such as Raqib Bashorun, Dotun Popoola and Collins Abinoro have prompted and encouraged. View their works when the exhibition opens this weekend Image credit: Tom Saater for NewYork Times #relegallery #materialtimes #oluamoda #foundobjects #africanart #arthistory #africanarthistory #metal #sculpture #contemporaryart #nigerianhistory

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to the gallery this Sunday when we will open our next exhibition “Material Times” featuring leading contemporary artists working with ceramics, bronze, wood and metal/found objects. The use of metal or found objects, repurposed to give form to an idea is a welcomed approach that has given a new dimension to the evolution of sculpture in art history. We invite you to view the works of Olu Amoda ( @wotaside_studio ) , Raqib Bashorun ( @raqibbashorun ), Dotun Poopola ( @dotunpopo ) , and Abinoro Collins ( @artbycollins ); artists who utilise metal/found objects in their creation process. #MaterialTimes #Metal #Foundobjects #contemporaryart #oluamoda #dotunpopoola #raqibbashorun #artbycollins #africanart #relegallery

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As we open #MaterialTimes this weekend, we recognise the late Ben Enwonwu, arguably the most influential African artist of the 20th century and one of Nigeria’s leading painter and sculptor. Bronze casting, originally created for religious, cultural and socio-economic functions has been a sophisticated means of expression in African history. Dating back to the 12th century among the Yoruba people where refined bronze castings from Ife were seen in their shrines. By the 15th century, bronze works were encountered among the Benin people and characteristically, called ‘Benin Bronzes’ Material Times acknowledges the artistic innovation in the mid-20th century which saw artists such as Ben Enwonwu, Ben Osawe and Abayomi Barber creating some of Nigeria’s most famous bronze sculptures till date. #relegallery #materialtimes #benenwonwu #bronze #africanart #arthistory #africanarthistory #arthistory #nigerianhistory

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"Ehikhamenor’s work deals with ideas but he also deals with beauty, in particular the beauty of the female form. A whole book could be written on the artist’s women. They are women who stare at the viewer confidently, or whose heads are sometimes tilted up at an angle, assured women, perhaps even haughty women. These women are inherent in the work titled “7 Virgins: Delusional Dreams”. The seven virgins stand in seven different poses, each pose subtly different from the other, each one unique yet part of a wider culture, each one distinct yet belonging to a group." - Excerpt from Visual Histories and Coded Memories by @chibundu.onuzo in the Daydream Esoterica catalogue. . . Artwork Details: Victor Ehikhamenor "7 Virgins (Delusional Dream) (Septych)" | Oil on Canvas | 50 x 50 Inches | 2019. . #DaydreamEsoterica #VictorEhikhamenor #ReleGallery #NigerianArt #Africanart #contemporaryAfricanArt

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Today is a perfect day to stop by, we are open from 12pm-6pm. Daydream Esoterica by @victorsozaboy is on! Experience it for the first time or second time💃🏾. See you soon and Happy Inauguration Day! 🙏🏽 . . Artwork Details: Victor Ehikhamenor | “Believer of Incredible Reveries” | Oil on Canvas | 60 x 70 Inches | 2019

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Experience “Daydreamers Paradise” installation when you visit Victor Ehikhamenor’s “DayDream Esoterica” exhibition! ✨👓 #DaydreamEsoterica #Exhibition #Installation #VictorEhikhamenor #Lagos #ReleGallery #InteractiveArt #Sunglasses

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Hot off the press! Pick up a copy of #THISDAY today where @tonikan11’s essay for #DaydreamEstoerica “Dreaming with wides open” has been published. It’s a fantastic read👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾 The exhibition opens today from 3pm. A must-see! #daydreamesoterica #tonikan #victorehikhamenor #contemporaryart #contemporaryafricanart #exhibition #artexhibition #lagos

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“Visitors to Daydream Esoterica will receive a bonus. Regulars at Ehikhamenor’s exhibitions must be aware that there is always a sidebar; an installation. This will be no different. The installation will feature a playful exploration of a fashion item steeped in nostalgia” - @tonikan11 Experience it tomorrow at the opening of "Daydream Esoterica" at Rele from 3pm. #DaydreamEsoterica #VictorEhikhamenor #ReleGallery #ArtInstallation #NigerianArtist #AfricanArtist #Nostalgia

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We can’t wait to welcome you tomorrow from 3-7pm for the opening of Victor Ehikhamenor’s “Daydream Esoterica”. The artists first exhbition in Lagos in 8 years, Daydream Esoterica is a rare invitation into the inexhaustible mind of one of the most notable artists living and working out of Nigeria today #VictorEhikhamenor #DaydreamEsoterica #Exhbition #ReleGallery #Lagos #daydream #africanart #contemporaryart

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In the BBC UK podcast with Chimamanda Adichie, Victor Ehikhamenor discusses the process of creating his mixed media masterpieces. This piece, “Holy, Holy, Holy King” depicts the unmistakable likeness of a Benin King, he combines coral-coloured prayer rosaries – which were introduced to the Benin Kingdom during the early years of colonialism, with miniature bronze statuettes, as well as crystal stones to highlight the radiance of the king right after coronation. His next exhibition "Daydream Esoterica" takes a different turn as it is the first time that he will use oil as a medium in all his works. The result encapsulates and compliments the richness and depth of the exhibition narrative. Opening this Sunday from 3pm at Rele Gallery #Rosary #Rosaries #Artwork #Beninkingdom #BeninKing #NigerianArt #History #Tradition #VictorEhikhamenor #Artist #ContemporaryArt #DaydreamEsoterica #colonialism

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Storytelling is an important element of Victor Ehikhamenor's artistic practise, whether the magic realism of memory and nostalgia, or biting criticism of history and politics. Ehikhamenor is also a published writer, not only of fiction but also of critical essays in various academic journals, magazines and newspapers including the New York Times and Washington Post. He has also designed over 100 book covers for award-winning authors such as this one above of his old friend @chimamanda_adichie . His latest exhibition ‘Daydream Esoterica’ is a culmination of years of his worldly artistic experiences and adventures with Lagos at the core of it all. It will open at Rele Gallery on the 19th of May. #Storytelling #Chimamandangoziadichie #VictorEhikhamenor #memory #nostalgia #newyorktimes #writer #author #bookcover #halfofayellowsun #daydreamesoterica #relegallery

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Meet #YoungContemporaries2019 artist - Osaru Obaseki (@osaru_obaseki ) Osaru Obaseki, a graduate of University of Port Harcourt is a self-taught visual artist from Edo state. She started off her artistic practice exploring the use and flow of acrylic on canvas. In September 2017, Osaru joined the Nosona studios under the Edo global center platform where she gained the opportunity and resources to experiment with other mediums particularly sand which is influenced by the rich cultural heritage of the Benin Kingdom. Osaru currently creates using a combination of sand and acrylic as a way of synergizing 2 different civilizations – the ancient and the modern. The Young Contemporaries 2019 exhibition opens on Sunday January 13th, 2019 at 3pm. #art #artexhibition #contemporaryart #nigerianartist #nigerianart #africanart #africanartist #youngcontemporaries2019 #youngcontemporaries #youngartist #painting #photography #mixedmedia #installations #contemporaryafricanart #lagos

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Join us this Sunday at 3pm for the opening of #YoungContemporaries2019 exhibition at Rele Gallery, 5 Military Street, Onikan, Lagos. We can’t wait to see you! #art #artexhibition #contemporaryart #nigerianartist #nigerianart #africanart #africanartist #youngcontemporaries2019 #youngcontemporaries #youngartist #painting #photography #mixedmedia #installations #contemporaryafricanart #lagos

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Meet #YoungContemporaries2019 artist - Stephen Tayo (@stephen.tayo ) Stephen Tayo, 24, is a photographer who captures intimate portraits that reveal the sartorial flair and quiet dignity of his sitters. Based in Lagos, Stephen Tayo is interested in urban style and youth culture. Adopting formal poses that were popular in the studio photography in West Africa in the 1950s and 1960s, he draws inspiration from works by Seydou Keita, Malick Sidibe and Samuel Fosso. Stephen Tayo studied philosophy at the University of Lagos. His work has been featured in Vogue US, British Vogue, New York Times, Indie Magazine, Dazed, Teen Vogue, Okay Africa among others. The Young Contemporaries 2019 exhibition opens on Sunday January 13th, 2019 at 3pm. #art #artexhibition #contemporaryart #nigerianartist #nigerianart #africanart #africanartist #youngcontemporaries2019 #youngcontemporaries #youngartist #painting #photography #mixedmedia #installations #contemporaryafricanart #lagos

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As is customary during this period, The Rele Art Foundation is delighted to announce the 4th edition of the Young Contemporaries program. Created in 2016 to provide a critical and engaging platform for a new generation of emerging artistic talent in Nigeria, the program has since its inception provided the enabling environment for young artists to be part of the evolving discourse on cutting-edge artistic practice, art and social activism as well as critical issues that impact the immediate Nigerian/African and global contexts. For Young Contemporaries 2019, we are delighted to introduce 6 young artists who have worked diligently over the past 4 months. The results will be presented at the annual Young Contemporaries exhibition opening on Sunday, January 13th, 2019 at Rele Gallery - 5 Military Street Onikan, Lagos. Stay tuned for more details! #art #artexhibition #contemporaryart #nigerianartist #nigerianart #africanart #africanartist #youngcontemporaries2019 #youngcontemporaries #youngartist #painting #photography #mixedmedia #installations #contemporaryafricanart #lagos

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Opening January 13th, 2019. Get excited!!!! ✨🎉 #art #artexhibition #contemporaryart #nigerianartist #nigerianart #africanart #africanartist #youngcontemporaries2019 #youngcontemporaries #youngartist #painting #photography #mixedmedia #installations #contemporaryafricanart #lagos

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Patrick Akpojotor l Cheers To Good Life (vi) l 15 x 11 inches l Charcoal on paper. It’s the last day to stop by to treat yourself and / or find the perfect gift for your loved one(s). We close for the holiday today, until January 2nd, 2019 and we'll love to spend the day with you. #africanart #contemporarypainting #Christmas #contemporaryafricanart #contemporaryart #relegallery #exhibition

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Monsur Awotade l Omi Di Goole l Acrylic on Canvas Tomorrow is the last day to stop by to treat yourself and / or find the perfect gift for your loved one(s). #africanart #contemporarypainting #Christmas #contemporaryafricanart #contemporaryart #relegallery #exhibition

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Sade Adebowale | Reflections | 25 x 19 inches l Charcoal/acrylic/ newsprint on seasoned acid free paper We’re open from now till Sunday, the 23rd of December. Stop by to treat yourself and / or find a perfect gift for your loved one(s). #africanart #contemporarypainting #Christmas #contemporaryafricanart #contemporaryart #relegallery #exhibition

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Titilope Fagbemi | Broken Silence | Gel ink pen and pastel on paper We’re open from now till Sunday, the 23rd of December. Stop by to treat yourself and / or find a perfect gift for your loved one(s). #africanart #contemporarypainting #Christmas #contemporaryafricanart #contemporaryart #relegallery #exhibition

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Marcellina Akpojotor | The Quest | 36 x 48 inches | Mixed Media To round off the year, we created a special exhibition so you can collect artworks from some of your favourite artists. We’re open from now till the 23rd of December. Stop by to treat yourself and / or find the perfect gift for your loved one(s). #africanart #contemporarypainting #Christmas #contemporaryafricanart #contemporaryart #relegallery #exhibition

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Belly of the Beast by @pastonoiseau is one of 4 of the artists work featured as part of the group exhibition, “The E-qualities of Women” showing at National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare curated by Doreen Sibanda and Valerie Sithole. Currently on and open till 24th of September 2018. . . . .”In a year were the prevalent theme has been Press for Progress, the exhibition focuses its lens on the qualitative contributions which women have made in history. The exhibition is geared to offer women a platform for expression, with didactic elements that guide the audience through the developments women have contributed and the envelopments that they have overcome.” . . #art #contemporaryartist #contemporaryafricanart #womeninart #womeninarts #exhibition #collageartist #femaleartists #nigerianartist #dandelioneghosa #nationalgalleryofzimbabwe #zimbabwe

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Last day to view the exhibition When We Are Not What We Are by @sejiro_avoseh. Thank you to everyone who came through and supported.🌠 #art #exhibition #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #contemporaryafricanart #africanartist #nigerian #nigerianart #nigerianartist #cointreau #sejiroavoseh #relegallery

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We are pleased to announce the participation of our artists - @ayoolaart and @habeebanduart - in the Cu-ulture and Tradition: Same Experience, Different Local exhibition by The Koppel Project curated by Adeola Arthur Ayoola (Kanbi Contemporary). This exhibition brings together ten mid-career and emerging artists living and working in Nigeria. It holds on 5th of October and runs till the 16th of November 2018. Private Viewing holds on Thursday 4th October 2018 from 6-8pm. For more information please email info@thekoppelproject.com #art #contemporarynigerianart #announcement #exhibition #groupshow #nigerian #painting #emergingartists #privateview #thekoppelprojecthive

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With just one more week left to see the exhibition “When We Are Not What We Are” by @sejiro_avoseh, we are sharing some of our favorite photos from art lovers who stopped by. #art #artexhibition #contemporaryart #contemporaryafricanart #africanart #nigerianart #nigerianartist #artgallery #gallery #relegallery #sejiroavoseh #whenwearenotwhatweare

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#ReleLoves: Untold Space (Charcoal on Paper) by @patrickakpojotor. #charcoal #paperwork #graphite #art #artwork #contemporaryart #contemporaryafricanart #nigerianart #nigerianartist #blackandwhite #appreciateart #secret #patrickakpojotor

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#ReleinLosAngeles: Tolu's work will be exhibited today at Regus in Santa Monica. Tolu Aliki is a contemporary figurative artist, born and raised in Nigeria. Most of his works have found their greatest expression when addressing the concept of passion; love, music, family and everyday social interactions. They exhibit a high standard of understanding and application of colours, depth of content and aesthetic beauty. Aliki has had solo exhibitions in Lagos, Nigeria, and in Lisbon, Portugal. His next exhibition will open October 2018 in Lagos Nigeria #relegallery #relelosangeles #art #artist #contemporaryart #contemporayartist #contemporaryafricanartist #acrylicpainting #carlifornia #artexhibition #thingstodoinla #santamonica

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#ReleinLosAngeles: Ayoola’s work will be exhibited today at Regus in Santa Monica. Ayoola Gbolahan is a visual artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. His art is a visual representation of his encounter, relationship, and experience with the rest of creation- both the tangible and intangible. His works have been included in solo and group shows spanning the length of 2 decades. He has received numerous awards including the “54 Nigerian Art Masters” from the Greek Embassy. In 2010, he emerged as the winner of The National Art Competition organized by the African Artists’ Foundation. Ayoola's works can be found in major corporate and private collections across the globe such as the World Bank in Washington USA, African Finance Corp, Nigeria and The Nigerian National Gallery of Arts. #relegallery #relelosangeles #art #artist #contemporaryart #contemporayartist #contemporaryafricanartist #acrylicpainting #carlifornia #artexhibition #thingstodoinla #santamonica

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#ReleinLosAngeles: Marcellina’s work will be exhibited tomorrow - Wednesday August 29th at Regus in Santa Monica. She was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times as one of what is most exciting in the contemporary art scene in Nigeria. Marcellina uses Ankara fabrics sourced from fashion houses that would otherwise discard them as a medium to explore womanhood. The swatches of fabric are pieces of stories which she employs to create works that are filled with diverse emotions. Her work, “Tobi”, (2015) was selected by Penguin as the cover image for the novel Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi. Her first solo exhibition will open in October 2018 at Rele Gallery, Lagos Nigeria. #relegallery #relelosangeles #art #artist #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #contemporaryafricanartist #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #losangeles #california #thingstodoinla #santamonica #artexhibit #artexhibition

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Dream Girl IV by @sejiro_avoseh || Mixed Media || 12 x 16 inches || 2018. With When We Are Not What We Are exhibition, the artist is asking us to invent new ways of knowing, of contemplating our society, and to interrogate, the conditions of modern life that requires is to perform multiple roles as the situations demand. #collage #collageartist #contemporaryartist #african #africanartist #whenwearenotwhatweare #relegallery #sejiroavoseh

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First Aid Box by @habeebanduart || Mixed Media || 42 inches x 42 inches || 2018 - #contemporarynigerianart #contemporaryart #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #nigerianartist #relegallery #habeebandu

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In the past few years, works of contemporary African artists have attracted incredible estimates both in the primary and secondary markets as gallery sales and auction results indicates. Rele Gallery is pleased to present a diverse collection of artworks by established and emerging contemporary African artists: @victorsozaboy @ayoolaart @marcellina_akpojotor @tolualiki and @kingdips at the Regus Colorado Centre in Los Angeles. This exhibition is set to take place on Wednesday, August 29th from 4pm to 8pm. #africanartist #africanart #contemporarypainting #contemporaryafricanart #contemporaryart #losangeles #relegallery #releinla

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Searching For Signal by @sejiro_avoseh || 36 x 48inches || Mixed Media on Canvas. #art #artcollection #artwork #africanartist #collageart #collageartist #contemporarypainting #contemporaryafricanart #painting #relegallery #sejiroavoseh #whenwearenotwhatweare

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Twin Flame by @sejiro_avoseh || Mixed Media on Canvas || 30 x 36 inches || 2018. #art #collageart #contemporarypainting #contemporaryafricanart #contemporaryart #nigerianartist #artcollectors #collectorsitem #whenwearenotwhatweare #sejiroavoseh #relegallery