Emecheta Stanley Ekene


Born in 1994, Ekene Stanley Emecheta is a self-taught artist, living and working in Lagos.

The artist's oeuvre is characterised by a distinctive use of color and compositional technique and his iconography of figures drawn from both fantasy, history and his private world. Each canvas starts with the intentional elimination of the protagonist’s skin color, over which Emecheta frames the subject’s posture and characteristics. Diverting the attention away from the skin color, he draws our focus to the figure itself and its surroundings broadening the interpretation and inviting the viewer to become physically and emotionally invested in the subject’s story, almost revealing the aura of the person portrayed.


Selected Exhibitions:


Family Ties, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London, UK (Upcoming)(SOLO)
Liste, The Breeder Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Frieze, The Breeder Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Truthful Waters, The Breeder Gallery, Athens, Greece (SOLO)
Armory Show, The Breeder Gallery, New York, US (Online)
Frieze NY, The Breeder Gallery, New York, US (Online)

FIAC Ovr, The Breeder Gallery, Paris, France (Online)

Group exhibition, Urevbu Contemporary gallery, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.


Black Voices: Friend of my Mind, Ross-Sutton gallery, New York, USA.

Ways of Protest, Elysium gallery, Wales, Swansea, UK


The E.art.h Exhibition, Berj Art Gallery, Labon, Ghana



Residency, Lagos, Nigeria.

AndOrange Residency

Selected publications:

Frieze Magazine, Exhibition Review,Truthful Waters, 25 Aug 2021



Madonna University, Enugu, Nigeria