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Umeh explores the mask, which represents the face and identity.  He uses this painting to project art and culture as the custodian of African values and heritage. African tribal masks represent our age-long history, traditions, lifestyle and our way of life.  Through the face, our identities are well represented with the inscription of tribal marks, […]

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artiste Umeh Bede Lagos, Nigeria

Umeh Bede Ifeanyichukwu was born on the 12th of February 1965 in Jos Plateau State, Nigeria. Umeh enrolled into the famous Yaba College of Technology Lagos where he graduated with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in painting. He worked briefly as an illustrator with Arbil, an advertising agency in Bodija Ibadan before retiring into full-time […]

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Umeh explores the mask, which represents the face and identity.  He uses this painting to project art and culture as the custodian of African values and heritage. African tribal masks represent our age-long history, traditions, lifestyle and our way of life.  Through the face, our identities are well represented with the inscription of tribal marks, tattoos, and ornaments that express who we are our characters and feelings.  African tribal masks are important in history, modern and contemporary art and culture as most of them are now domiciled in western galleries and museums following the conquest of empires like the Benin, Ashanti and the Dahomey kingdom in the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries.

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