Monday, August 9, 2010

(Social) Realism: Liberia art

Ehi Obinyan (1964)
Ehi Obinyan who is part Nigerian, Ghanaian and Liberian was born in 1964 in Monrovia, Liberia. He attended the famous Federal Polytechnic in Auchi, Edo State where he graduated in 1992 with Distinctions in General Art and Painting. After graduation, he worked as an illustrator/visualiser at one of the top advertising agencies in Lagos before going into full time studio practice in 1995.

Ehi is an energetic free spirit with an infectious enthusiasm for life. He is eclectic in his chosen theme and distinct in style. Passion and zeal rule his brushes as he works with gouache, acrylic and oil media. Many of his works draw their inspiration from a reservoir of deep spiritual influences that stretch from the ancient Kingdom of Benin through to the killing fields of Liberia.

Leslie Lumeh (1970)
Born in 1970 in Dambala, Western Liberia, Leslie Lumeh is a self-taught artist with a diploma in architectural drafting from the Booker Washington Institute, 1987. Leslie discovered that his paintings had value following the civil war that tore his country into pieces when he started recreating scenes from the war, first in simple pencil sketches, and later in watercolors on drawing paper, then finally onto canvas. These early works attracted an unexpected number of people, not only Liberians but foreigners as well, including international journalists. Soon he was getting commissions from private collectors as well as institutions.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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