Patrick Akpojotor takes inspiration in architecture, ancient African art, built space when creating his artworks, namely his cubist portraits! The artist visualizes the exchange between humans and their built environments, whether real or imagined!
His cubist portraits merge together visual references of the built environment, geometry, human forms, and imagined structures, resulting in abstract compositions that interrogate the sense of balance and perception that dares people to see differently.
Taking references from my memory and personal projections, I create works by deconstructing the spaces I have lived in, spaces I hope to experience, bringing the interior to the fore, while bearing in mind the law of perspective in my composition.Patrick Akpojotor
The anthropomorphic compositions evoke cubist geometry and illusion, fracturing bodies with staircases, brick chimneys, or even an entire house. These buildings shape human people, create impressive contemporary artwork.
Akpojotor’s work captures the heart of traditional, colonial, and contemporary architecture scattered across the Lagos cityscape. Beyond his surroundings in Nigeria, the artist explores how the built environment influences our sense of identity in his cubist portraits.
Akpjotor studied at the School of Art, Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, and Lagos State Polytechnic. He was mentored by master artist Prof Bruce Onobrakpeya, working with him as a studio assistant.