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El Anatsui

Date: born 1944, Ghana (active in Nigeria)
Born in Ghana in 1944, internationally acclaimed artist El Anatsui earned a BA in Sculpture and a postgraduate diploma in Art Education from what is now the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. While there, the artist began his initial experiments using local sculptural forms, like mortars, and graphic languages, like adinkra from Ghana and uli and nsibidi from Nigeria. In 1975, he joined the faculty of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he taught until his retirement in 2008. Best known for his work with liquor bottle caps, the artist has also worked with clay, wood, and works on paper. Anatsui’s art works can be found in numerous prominent collections, including the British Museum, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum Kunst Palast, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is the recipient of such prestigious awards as the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art 30th Anniversary Award in 2009, the 2015 Venice Biennale Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, and the 2017 Praemium Imperiale. Anatsui has also been awarded honorary doctorates by Harvard University, University of Cape Town, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
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