Obinna Makata was born on 31 March 1981 in Nsukka Local Government Area in Enugu State Nigeria. He graduated in 2007 with a second class upper degree from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, majoring in sculpting. Presently, He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria as a full-time studio artist. Obinna Makata has participated in residencies, workshops, seminars, Art talks, art fairs and auctions in Europe, America and the Middle East and over 35 group shows since 2007 and has had several solo exhibition. He has been featured in many credible art journals media locally and internationally including a 45 minutes documentary made on him by CNN which was featured for four consecutive days in the prestigious program African voices in 2016.
I am inspired by everyday life and the ever-changing culture of my space. I work with found objects, which are mostly waste materials. My work tackles issues such as history, race, modernity, culture and social values as they relate to contemporary Africa. Using waste as a medium, I create awareness by pointing finger at the materialistic and consumerism culture that has eaten deep into our society.
My works are predominantly collage of African fabrics on paper and canvas. A style I call African Test Style (African textile). As a response to the dwindling present condition of African cultural and social value, which I see as facing the challenge of the test of time, as I work with these fabrics, I see each patch as “a broken piece of African culture” exposing the omnipresence of foreign influence that continues to threaten traditional value system and artistic process unique to the continent. My mixed media collage combines ink, acrylic and scraps of Ankara fabric to create narratives associated with common aspects of daily life.
Currently, I am exploring with animal bones in my work. I bind, join, screw, gum, tie and glue these bones together to create a narrative that explores the polarity of the result of man’s actions and inactions with his environment and nature. Like conflict and resolution, life and death, progression and retrogression, development and underdevelopment… as it concerns his everyday existence
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Lekki, Lagos Island, Nigeria.