Gbenga Offo (b. 1957, Lagos, Nigeria) is known for his diverse oeuvre comprising drawings, paintings, metal sculptures and the mastery of colours and forms. His work depicts subjects characterized by bulging eyes, elongated necks and compelling exaggerations of the human structure combined with a splash of vibrant colours.
The artist merges abstract expressionism and cubism to create works that shed light on navigating the complexities of life with resilience and offer subtle expressions of tranquility. Influenced by growing up and living in the South-Western region of Nigeria, Offo’s practice delves into developing a higher sense of identity and responds to global issues of human rights and migration.
Offo emphasizes the power of love and unity to foster a harmonious society and preserve indigenous cultures. His works also reflect the relaxing effect of music on the mind as well as the need to curb life’s excesses. In this context, life’s excesses refer to the desire to live according to societal standards.
For a decade, Offo built a successful career as an illustrator working in leading Nigerian advertising agencies, before becoming a full time studio artist in 1996. Offo has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United Kingdom, United States, and in his native Nigeria, and his works are in many leading corporate and public collections His work has been featured in Bonhams Auction, Arthouse Contemporary Limited, Saatchi Art Fair and Contemporary Nigerian Art in Lagos Private Collections by Jess Castellote.