Bruce Obomeyoma Onobrakpeya (b. August 30,1932), developed within 1983-84 the Ibiebe alphabets, signs and symbols while he was a resident artist in the University of Ibadan. It was within the fourth segement of his studio practice (which is dubbed the ‘historical Vignettes”) period that he carried out the experiment.
Onobrakpeya draws his inspiration from his Urhobo cultural heritage, since he hails from Agbarah-otor in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. The artist mostly explores Mythical and folkloric themes and goes beyond naturalism to express the delicate subject.
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