DENNIS OSADEBE

Dennis Osadebe (b. 1991) is a Nigerian mixed-media artist best known for his contemporary, vibrant post-pop style. Osadebe’s style is a unique blend of digital processes which he uses to create canvases that are subsequently layered with acrylic paint. With his characteristic use of flattened planes and bold colours, the artist creates what he refers to as a “neo” visual style, one that is “modern, bright, expressive and provocative”.

Osadebe obtained a BSc in Business and Management from Queen Mary University of London and a MSc from the University of Warwick, Coventry, Majoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. An aspiring entrepreneur turned self taught artist, Osadebe’s art has been featured in numerous contemporary art exhibitions since relocating back in 2013, collaborated with international brands such as Diesel and has coined a new cultural movement he calls ‘neo-Africa’, Which aims to deconstruct the notion of “African art” and escape the expectations often projected onto contemporary artists emanating from the African continent.


WORKS


EDUCATION

Queen Mary University of London

University of Warwick, Coventry

 

EXHIBITIONS

2018

Objets Fetiches (Group Exhibition), L'Open Studios, Paris, France (June)

A Stranger In My Home (Solo Exhibition), The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi, New York, USA (May)

POP-UP Galerie (Group Exhibition), Collabzurich, Zurich, Switzerland (April)

52 Lager (Group show), Windisch, Switzerland (January) 

Next Generation Storytellers by Wanuri Kahiu, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland (January)

2017

ARTOJA (Group Exhibition), Art Twenty One, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria (December)

The London Illustration Fair (Art Fair), Oxo Wharf, South Bank, London, United Kingdom (December)

Remember The Future (Solo Exhibition), Red Door Gallery, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria (June)

Art House Foundation Auction (Art Auction), Kia Show Room, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria (February)

2016

Lagos Living and Working (Group Exhibition), Heritage Place, ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria (March)

For the Love of Cars (Group Exhibition), Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria (January)

2015

Platform (Group Exhibition), Art Twenty One, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria (December) 

Only the Brave (Solo Exhibition), Lagos, Nigeria (September)

Rele Loves (Group Exhibition) Rele Gallery, Onikan, Lagos (August)

2014

Culture Shock (Group Exhibition), Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria (December)

 

SELECTED PRESS

Dennis Osadebe on his work and moving away from terms like "African Art", Design Indaba, July 2017

Dennis Osadebe writes an article describing Neo Africa, Konbini, April, 2017

The Artist is Present: Dennis Osadebe on Afrofuturism, Okay Africa, August, 2017

 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Lagos, Nigeria)

Interactive Africa (Cape Town, South Africa)