Contemporary African Art Exhibition Series

Kehinde Ken Adewuyi

"At times in life one finds oneself, irrespective of one's age, gender or status, in situations not desired by oneself consciously or subconsciously. These are the kind of moments I reflect on, and see my art as a means of communicating these instants, my voice self expression.

I employ methods of exaggeration and elongation of the human figure to best portray and express my inner feelings about the subjects that I often see in my environment.
The human existence is full of ups and down but man must take courage and not lose hope despite the challenges of life".

Kehinde Ken Adewuyi, (a.k.a. K. Kenny) was born in Sango Otta, near the bustling metropolis, Lagos Nigeria. He studied sculpture at one of Nigeria's premier institutions, Ahmadu Bello University in the city of Zaria, where he learned the ancient forms of bronze casting practiced in Nigeria.  He has exhibited extensively within Nigeria and internationally. En 1997, à 38 ans, invité par les artistes vosgiens Thiébaut et Olivia Chagué, il débarque à Taintrux dans les Vosges. His first major exploration was in the group exhibition, 'Accident and Design, Gani Odutokun and his Influence', at the Brunei Gallery, London in 2000.

Kenny has also participated in a number of international workshop programmes. Since 1997 he has been regularly invited by artists Olivia Vosges and Thiébaut Chagué to Tain in the Vosges, to participate in sculpture workshops. Dans leur atelier, "Kenny" travaille son art et sculpte la terre pour créer ses bronzes. In these workshop, "Kenny works his art and sculpts the earth to create his bronzes" and imparts his knowledge to students at the vocational training company "Celine Lawrence Ceramics" in Velaine in Hague.

He has gained further exposure, touring American universities such as New York University, University of Michigan and California Lutetheran. In 2008, he was features on CNN'S I-REPORT and this year was the invited Speaker at the San Francisco State University panel discussion Black Online.

Ses pièces de bronze sont spectaculaires de part leurs formes originales et expressives.

Selected Exhibitions & Projects

"Times no Boundaries", Maison de France, Ikoyi Lagos. Nigeria.   1995
"2+2"Alliance Française. Kaduna. Nigeria
  1996
"Sanctuary" Alliance Française. Kaduna. Nigeria.
  1996
"Sanctuaries Eph√©m√®re" Mus√©e D√©partemental d'Art Ancien et Contemporain. Epinal. France.   1997
"Accident and Design" Alliance Française. Kaduna
  1999
Maison de France. Ikoyi. Lagos. Nigeria.
  1999
"Accident and Design" Brunei Gallery. S.O.A.S. London. UK.
  2000
"11ème Festival de la géographie", Galerie Espace des Arts Plastiques.
  2000
Saint Di√© des Vosges. France.   2000
L'Afrique en Cr√©ation" H√ītel de Ville. Roubaix. France.
  2000
"Exposition de R√©sidence d'Artiste", Tour de la Libert√©, Saint Di√© des Vosges. France   2000
"Bambaras, Baoules, Dogon et cie",Musée Sundgauvien. Alsace. France.
  2003
"Rencontre en Matière" La Douerä. Malzeville. France
  2006
"October rain "SNA Lagos Chapter, National Museum, Onikan Lagos.
  2008
"Anniversaire de la cinquanti√®me ann√©e d'existence de l'Alliance Fran√ßaise au Nigeria", National Museum, Onikan Lagos.   2009

 

Selected Workshops and Residences

" Sanctuary " Maraba Pottery. Kaduna. Nigeria.
  1996
" Sculpture en Bronze " Beaux Arts. Mulhouse. France.
  1997
" Bronzes et Formes " Maison de la Céramique. Mulhouse. France.
  1998
" Bronzes et Formes " Ecole des Arts Plastiques. Monaco.
  1998
" Approche de la Sculpture en Bronze " Atelier Céline Laurent, Jean Laincourt. France.
  2006
" Résidence d'Artiste " Séjour de trois mois. Ecole des Arts Plastiques.Saint Dié des Vosges.
  2000
"¬†R√©sidence d'Artiste¬†" AFAA. Afrique en Cr√©ation. Transculturelles de Roubaix.   2000

 

International Symposiums

"¬†12√®me Festival International de Sculpture¬†: Camille Claudel¬†" La Bresse. Hautes Vosges. France.   2002

" 14ème Festival International de Sculpture :Camille Claudel " La Bresse. Hautes Vosges. France.

  2004

 

Permanent Exhibitions

Galerie Mus√©e des Arts Derniers. Paris. France.    
Galerie Schemes. Lille. France.    
Gallery Signature. Lagos. Nigeria.    

 

Public Collections

Sculpture Garden . Ahmadu Bello . Zaria. Nigeria.   1985
Alliance Fran√ßaise. Kaduna. Nigeria.   1998
Ecole des Arts Plastiques. Saint Dié des Vosges. France.
  2001
Centre Georges Fran√ßois Leclerc. Dijon. France.   2004

Awards

Recipient award for best student in sculpture and general drawing. Ahmadu Bello University. Zaria. Nigeria.   1985
Award for the best Art Educator in Colleges of Education. Federal Ministry of Education. Lagos. Nigeria.   1990