Erikan Ekefrey is a Nigerian Artist from Akwa Ibom State. He studied art at the Federal College of Education in Akoka, Lagos. His works has been featured in the Museum of Modern Art Equatorial Guinea and several galleries in the United States, Paris and Africa. Erikan uses acrylic and oil paint on canvas. He was trained by his father Emmanuel Ekong Ekefrey who is a renowned Artist in Nigeria and Europe. Their technique is unique in Nigeria and the world and depicting his cultural heritage.
Through a distinctly African style of narration my painting depict cultural heritage and traditions using vibrant colors and lyrical forms which are both non figurative and abstract and I often use masks like faces.
I am influenced by my father who is also a renowned painter. he was inspired by his father who was a sculptor in carving wooden images and masquerade marks.Our family is the only ones that have this style of painting in the world. My style is cubism, I outline my image with black lines and design African motif pattern between spaces. I use colors to symbolize events and depict traditions using earth tones and colors that are complementary or Analogous color in nature.
I am also inspired by music, dance, cultural activities, traditional ceremonies and everyday life through color and symbolism. My paintings celebrate the power of traditions and homage to the spiritual connection between the land and the people.
My art is conceptual. When I am creating I am not the only one painting in front of the canvas. There is an inner man that is always directing me and guiding my brush strokes allowing images to flow with huge excitement. I am an artist because God created the world and made everything to become so he instilled in me the power to create beautiful painting for the world to see. I am continuing what my ancestors had started by bringing African, Nigeria art the global world through sharing the rich narrative of my culture, heritage and community.