Timeline

1968
Honourable Mention, First Ghana National Art Competition, Accra, Ghana.
1965–1969
BA (Art) College of Art, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
1969
Postgraduate Diploma in Art Education, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
1969
Best Student of the Year, College of Art, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
1969–1975
Lecturer, Art Education Department, Specialist Training College (now University of Winneba), Winneba, Ghana
1980
Artist-in-Residence, Cummington Community of Arts, Massachusetts, USA
1975–1982
Lecturer, Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria (UNN)
1982–1985
World Council Member, International Society for Education through Art (INSEA).
1985
Visiting Artist, Cornwall College, Redruth, UK.
1990
Honourable Mention (Joint), 44th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
1991
Fellow, Pan-African Circle of Artists (PACA).
1990–1992
World Council Member, International Society for Education through Art (INSEA).
1995
Kansai Telecasting Corporation Prize, 3rd Osaka Sculpture Triennale, Osaka, Japan
1982–1996
Senior Lecturer, Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria (UNN)
1996
Visiting Artist, International People’s College. Helsingør, Denmark.
1997
International Visitor, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA.
1998
Bronze Prize, 9th Osaka Sculpture Triennale, Osaka, Japan
1999
The Public’s Prize, 7. Triennale der Kleinplastik, Stüttgart, Germany.
1999
Cyfuniad International Artist’s Residency, Plas Caerdeon, Barmouth, Wales, UK
1998–2000
Head of Department, Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria (UNN)
2000
Founding Member and Fellow, Forum for African Arts.
2000
Member, International Selection Committee, Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
2001
Residency and Fellowship, Civitella Ranieri Centre, Umbertide, Italy
2003
Residency, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
2003
Visiting Artist, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee; University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; University of California, Santa Barbara, California and St. Lawrence University, New York, USA.
1996–pres
Professor of Sculpture, Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria (UNN)

Exhibitions

2004–2006
Afrika Remix, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany and touring to the Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2005
De Young Museum, San Francisco, USA
2005
Danudo: Recent Sculptures of El Anatsui (solo)
2005
Skoto Gallery (in collaboration with Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York) (solo)
2005
El Anatsui: Gawu, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA (solo)
2005
El Anatsui: Gawu, October Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2003
El Anatsui: Gawu, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales, UK. An Oriel Mostyn Gallery exhibition touring to Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Republic of Ireland, Gallery Oldham, Oldham, England, UK, October Gallery, London, UK, Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham, England, UK and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Florida, USA. (solo)
2003
Africa Informs, October Gallery, London, UK.
2003
Biennale de Ceramica dell’ Arte Contemporanea, Villa Groppallo, Vado Ligure, Italy.
2002
One: The Independent, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK.
2002
El Anatsui: New Works, October Gallery, London, UK. (solo)
2001
Encounters with the Contemporary, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA.
2001
The Happy Face of Globalisation, The 1st Albissola Ceramics Biennale, Museo Civico d’ArteContemporanea and Museo della Ceramica Manlio Trucco, Albissola, Italy, touring to Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland.
2001
Africas: The Artist and the City, Centro de Cultura Contemporania Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain.
2000
El Tiempo de Africa (Africa’s Time), Centro Atlántico Arte Moderno, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain.
1999
New Colours From Old Worlds: Contemporary Art from West Africa, October Gallery, London, UK.
1999
The Independent, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK.
1998
7. Triennale der Kleineplastik, Stüttgart, Germany.
1998
Thoughts and Processes– El Anatsui & Ndubisi Onah, The Italian Cultural Institute, Lagos, Nigeria.
1998
A Sculpted History of Africa, October Gallery, London, UK. (solo)
1997
Hakpa, French Cultural Centre, Lagos, Nigeria. (solo)
1997
The Poetics of Line– Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
1996
Container ’96– Art Across Oceans, Langelinie, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1996
Group Exhibition, Avant-Garde Gallery, Kaduna, Nigeria.
1996
El Anatsui & Tesfaye Tessema, The Contemporary African Gallery, New York, USA.
1996
El Anatsui & Sol Le Witt, Skoto Gallewry, New York, USA
1995
El Anatsui, October Gallery, London, UK. (solo)
1995
AKA ’95, Bona Gallery, Enugu and Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria.
1995
Art In The Shadow, The Nigerian Pavillion at Africus– 1st Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1994
5th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba.
1993
New Currents ’93– Avant-Garde Nigerian Art, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria.
1992
Begegnung mit den Anderen, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany.
1991
AKA ’91, Bona Gallery, Enugu and Goethe Institut, Lagos, Nigeria.
1991
South of the World, Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, Marsala, Italy.
1991
Old and New: An Exhibition of Sculpture in Assorted Wood, The National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria. (solo)
1990
Five Contemporary African Artists, 44th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
1989
Zeitgenössische Nigerianische Kunst, Bonn, Bocholt and Mönchengladbach, Germany.
1988
AKA ’88, Nigerian Union of Journalists’ Press Centre, Enugu; Institute of African Studies, Nsukka and the National Gallery of Crafts and Design, Lagos, Nigeria.
1988
Walls and Gates– El Anatsui & Liz Willis, Avant-Garde Gallery, Kaduna, Nigeria.
1987
Venovize: Ceramic Sculptures, Faculty of Art and Design Gallery, Cornwall College, Redruth, UK. (solo)
1987
Pieces of Wood: An Exhibition of Mural Sculpture, The Franco-German Auditorium, Lagos, Nigeria. (solo)
1987
Original Prints from the 3rd Nsukka Workshop, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Goethe Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
1986
Nigerian-German Prints, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Franco-German Auditorium, Lagos, Nigeria
1983
Four Contemporary African Artists, Mintec Gallery, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
1982
Okike 10th Anniversary Exhibition, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
1982
Sculptures, Photographs, Drawings, Goethe Institute, Lagos, Nigeria. (solo)
1981
Drawing on the World, Billingham Art Gallery, Billingham; Middlesborough Art
1980
Wood Carvings, Cummington Community of Arts, Cummington, Massachusetts, USA. (solo)
1979
Broken Pots: Sculpture by El Anatsui, British Council, Enugu and the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. (solo)
1979
Christian Arts in Nigeria, Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall, Onitsha, Nigeria.
1976
Wooden Wall Plaques, Asele Art Gallery, Nsukka, Nigeria. (solo)
1975
Fabric Wall Hangings, Burnt Wooden Wall Plaques, The Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
1974
Tekarts Expo 5, Accra Arts Centre, Accra, Ghana.

Literature

2003
Anatsui, El, ‘Personal Security’ in Biennale de Ceramica dell’ Arte Contemporanea, 2003,
2003
Eulise, Eriberto, Afriche, Diaspore, Ibridi– Conceptualism as a Strategy in Contemporary African Art, 2003, AIEP Edizione, Bologna, Italy. pp. 182.
2002
Fall, N. & Pivin, J. L. (eds.), An Anthology of African Art in the 20th Century, 2002 , Editions
2001
Africas: The Artist and the City, 2001, Centro de Cultura Contemporania Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain. pp. 94-97.
2001
Visona, M. B. et al., A History of Art in Africa, 2001, Hall and Abrams, New York, USA. pp. 226-227.
2000
Kemp, Martin (ed.), The Oxford History of Western Art, 2000, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. p. 488.
1999
Oguibe, O. & Enwizor, O. (eds) Reading the Contemporary, African Art from Theory to the Marketplace, 1999, INIVA, London, UK. pp. 156-157, 163-164.
1999
Kasfir, S-L., Contemporary African Art, 1999, Thames & Hudson, London, UK. pp. 17. 189.
1999
King, Catherine, ‘Modern Art in Nigeria– Independence and Innovation’, in King, Catherine (ed.), Views of Difference, Different Views of Art, 1999, Yale University Press, London, UK. pp. 215-219.
1998
Oguibe, Olu, ‘Beyond Death and Nothingness’, African Arts, Volume 31 No. 1, 1998, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA. pp. 48-55.
1998
Njami, Simon, ‘Un artiste sur le fil de l’histoire’, in El Anatsui: A Sculpted History of Africa,
1998
Picton, John, ‘Patches of history’ patching up my art history: some reflections on the sculpture of El Anatsui’ inEl Anatsui: A Sculpted History of Africa,1998, Saffron Books, (Imprint of Eastern Art Publishing), in conjunction with the October Gallery, London. pp. 17-26.
1997
Marcoci, Roxana, New Art, 1997, Harry N Abrams Inc., New York, USA.
1996
Container ‘96, København Kulturby Fond ‘96, 1996, Copenhagen, Denmark. pp. 11-12.
1995
Okeke, Chika, ‘The Quest: from Zaria to Nsukka’, in Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa
1994
Okeke, Chika, ‘Slashing Wood, Eroding Culture: Conversation with El Anatsui’, NKA The Journal of Contemporary Africa Art, Issue 1, 1994, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1993
Udechukwu, Obiora, El Anatsui So Far: Drawings, Paintings, Prints, 1963-1993, 1993, Norbert Åas, Boomerang Press,Bayreuth, Germany.
1992
Begegnung Mit Den Anderen (Begin With The Others) , 1992, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany
1992
Kennedy, Jean, New Currents, Ancient Rivers: Contemporary African Artists in a Generation of Change, 1992, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC, USA. pp. 17, 19.
1990
Plagens, Peter, ‘Africa meets the West: Three New Exhibitions Capture the Spirit and Struggle of Black Artists on Two Continents’, Newsweek, 19 January 1990, New York, USA.
1990
Wallach, Amei, ‘The New African Tradition’, Newsday, 28 January 1990, New York, USA. pp. 16-17.
1990
Aniakor, C. C., ‘El Anatsui: Visual Incantations’, The International Review of African American Art, Vol 9 No. 3, 1990, Los Angeles, California, USA.
1990
Brenson, Michael, ‘Contemporary Works from Africa’, The New York Times, 19 January 1990, New York, USA. p. 32.
1990
Ejiogu, E. ‘African Art in transition’, African Commentary, Amherst, April 1990, USA. pp. 67-68.
1987
Jegede, Dele, ‘Exploring Patterns and Forms of Nature’, The Guardian (Lagos) , 8 February 1987, Lagos, Nigeria.
1986
Fosu, Kojo, 20th Century Art of Africa, 1986, Gaskiya Corporation, Zaria, Nigeria. pp. 202, 205 and 207-209.
1985
Dwyer, G. ‘A Burly North Sea Symposium: Ten Sculptors Create Works on Germany’s Wet Desert’, International Sculpture, 1985, Washington DC, USA. pp. 8-9.
1982
Anatsui, El, Sculptures, Photographs, and Drawings, Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1982, SNAAP Press, Enugu, Nigeria.