Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu

Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (1921-1994) was born in Ontisha, and he was introduced to sculpture by his father. This tutorage helped shape his style which displays qualitites of West African tribal and especially mask art. Enwonwu was commissioned in 1956 by the British court to produce a portrait bust for Elizabeth II. His work is included in the National Museum of African Art, and was part of a group show; “The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945 – 1994”, which travelled to MoMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.