Born in Buguma, Rivers State, Kurotamunonye Ibanibo William-West (Onye William-West) is a burgeoning Nigerian artist of the generation that emerged in the wake of the influence of El Anatsui, Uche Okeke and Obiora Udechukwu among others. William-West studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he completed both his B.A and M.F.A in visual communication design and photography. He was introduced to the Natural Synthesis ideology propagated by the Nsukka art school, which proposes the marriage of dominant indigenous art traditions, forms and ideas with influential Western or alien concepts. As a student there, he was inspired by the works and tutelage of his academic adviser El Anatsui alongside other veterans of the ideology such as Uche Okeke, Obiora Udechukwu, Ola Oloidi and Chike Aniakor.
William-West has also participated in art exhibitions both locally and internationally, the most recent being his inclusion in the 2014 Graphic Art Biennale held in Romania. As a visual artist, his works and concepts explore an eccentric form of hybridity that encourages and explores uncharted points of intersection between creative photography, video art, video installations, sculpture and painting.
He currently lives and works in the United States.
M.F.A Fine and Applied Arts (Visual Communication Design/Photography), University of Nigeria 2014
B.A. Fine and Applied Arts (Visual Communication Design), University of Nigeria, Nsukka 2008
INTEGRUMthe 3rd Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania, 2015
M.F.A (Masters in Fine and Applied Arts) Exhibition, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka , 2014
“BURNING ICE” at the “Independence and the Ambivalence of Promise” International Artist in Residency/Workshop, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Lagos, Nigeria, 2010
“ARMS-NEXT-YEA4R” collaborative installation at the “In-Dialogue” Workshop on Art in Public Spaces, Goethe Institute in collaboration with the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria. 2009
“THE BOOK-KEEPER”Series, Painting Commission,
University of Nigeria Library Gallery 2008
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