Twins Seven -Seven (77)
Prince Twins Seven-Seven ( 77 ) was born in 1944 in Ijara, Nigeria. Twins was one of the original artists of the famed Oshogbo School (named for the city of that name), which arose in the newly independent Nigeria of the early 1960’s. Seven-Seven rapidly achieved international fame, with major exhibitions in Europe, Japan and Australia as well as the United States, and his work is now in museum and private collections around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
He was a prominent artist as well as a bandleader, teacher, dancer, actor and spokesman for Yoruba culture. His artistic works reflect a personal cosmology, drawn from Yoruba myths and stories. Twins’ highly individual technique is the physical manifestation of a universe of potent forces in a state of constant treansformation. The images themselves are wonderfully complex; forms collide with colors to reveal a mythopoetic world that demonstrates his unique imaginative power.
Prince Twins Seven-Seven began his career in the 1960’s in workshops concucted by Ulli and Georgina Beir in Osogbo, a Yoruba Town in Southwestern Nigeria. Since then he has become on of the most well known artists of Osogbo School. His work is influenced by Traditional Yoruba Mythology and Culture, and creates a fantastic Universie of human, animals plants and Yoruba Gods.
He is one of the artists who trained under Ulli Beier of the informal Osogbo art school. Early in his career, he refused to study at the University of Ife under Scholarship scheme because of his believe that art should flourish and mature in a free and unregimented environment. It is this freedom that Twins Seven-Seven explored and portrayed in his works over the years. His themes are largely mystical and lean toward magical realism. Before he became a visual artist, he explored his talents in the theatre arts while working with a famous theatre group in the 60’s, the Duro Oladipo Theatre Company from Western Nigeria.
He was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace on 25th May, 2005 “in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of dialogue and understanding among peoples, particularly in Africa and the African Diaspora”.
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