DANIEL 'PENGRAPHER' OSHUNDARO WAS BORN IN 1997 IN NIGERIA. HE LIVES AND WORKS IN NOVISAD, SERBIA, WHERE HE IS GRADUATING WITH A BA IN SCULPTURE FROM THE ACADEMY OF ART.
In 2018, Pengrapher obtained a BA in Creative Art from the University of Lagos. He has received several media features in publications such as Dnevnik, The Rwanda Times, the Guardian Nigeria News, Metal magazine, Globaltimes, Malimbe African magazine, The Vanguard Newspaper, and few more.
A multidisciplinary artist, he focuses on figurative abstract paintings, sculpture and documentary photography. His practice reflects and engages how his individualistic beliefs, aspirations and personality become attached to the work he creates. His work represents the self-expression of thoughts and experiences from his environs by referencing classical compositions and vintage imageries using a combination of colours, lines, texture, and symbolism.
His latest body of work presents references from Picasso of balanced polychromatic sequences that are imaginative.
IN YOUR BIOGRAPHY, YOU MENTION THAT YOU DO “ABSTRACT FIGURATIVE PAINTING”. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE IT? When I say “abstract figurative” I mean my figures are represented in a non-realistic form but in a more vicious style. My paintings mainly consist in using figures from various parts such as animals, pals, humans, etc.
HOW DO ART HISTORY MILESTONES INFLUENCE YOUR WORK? Art history milestones influence my work when it comes to craftsmanship and the use of art elements to give a balance in composition.
YOU ALWAYS REPRESENT A SIMPLIFED FACE THAT YOU ALSO DECLINE IN SCULPTURES. WHAT DOES IT REPRESENT FOR YOU? The face you see is adorned with some make-up. So, by wearing it, the characters stay present in every situation disguised as a façade observer.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE TITLE LA VIE DE PABLO? HOW DID YOU IMAGINE THIS CANVAS IN ORDER TO REFLECT PABLO PICASSO’S LIFE? Due to the study of the life of Pablo, there are several series in his art career. I decided to reference two paintings that marked important times in his life which are La Vie and Les demoiselles d’Avignon. La vie was the last painting from his blue series where Pablo struggled from the death of his best friend and Les demoiselles is the painting that brought Picasso back to the spotlight after long years of struggling. Thus, the two frames are from the painting La vie. I decided to replace one of the frames with another painting by Picasso and have a down exposure on the characters.
The painting itself is a reconstruction of the mind of Picasso using some modern times elements in order to make the audience feels the past and present.
2022 Classique!, Group Show, Galerie AFIKARIS, Paris, France Pals Project, skns Fabrika. Novisad, Serbia Art3f, BRUSSELS, Brussels, Belgium End-of-year exhibition of students of the Academy of Arts, Novisad, Serbia
2021 Concordant Conveyances, Mitochondria Gallery, Houston, USA Coalesce, Affinity Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria Group show, Vangogh Art gallery, Madrid, Spain Group show, Nimbus Art gallery, Lagos, Nigeria African art exhibition, The Seaside lounge Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
2018 AS WE DEY GO, Université de Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria