Nigerian visual artist, Chigozie Obi, has emerged as the winner of 2021 Access Bank ART X Prize.
Obi will earn prize winnings worth of N1,800,000 which covers a solo exhibition at ART X Lagos, tailored mentorship support, and a residency at Gasworks in London.
According to a statement issued by the organisers on Saturday, the essence of the ART X Prize was to promote the careers of upcoming Nigerian artists who are determined and dedicated to work as professional visual artists.
Obi is a unique visual artist whose experimental artworks are created through the layering of multiple materials. Her work is exceptional by her use of vibrant colours and figures to depict emotions and stories emanated from personal experiences and focuses on the representation of Black/African people.
Other finalists include Chukwudi Onwumere, Mobolaji Ogunrosoye, Nyancho NwaNri, and Omoregie Osakpolor.
ART X Prize collaborates with Access Bank to support the growing contemporary art scene in Nigeria.
“Supporting emerging talent at this pivotal stage in their careers will ensure the continued growth of the visual art sector in Nigeria,” the statement further said.