Dennis Osadebe (born 1991) is a Nigerian mixed-media artist best known for his contemporary, vibrant post-pop style. Osadebe’s style is a unique blend of digital processes which he uses to create canvasses that are subsequently layered with acrylic paint. With his characteristic use of flattened planes and bold colour, the artist creates what he refers to as a “neo” visual style, one that is “modern, bright, expressive and provocative”.
In Osadebe’s works, he uses play and provocation to invite viewers to critically think about their world and their place within it. Central to Osadebe’s imagined narrative is the symbol of the helmet, a reoccurring visual element that binds the diverse characters together. In one sense, the helmet is a form of protective gear, shielding the harmful effects of the outside environment. The helmet creates a sense of anonymity, disguising the identity of its user. There is also an inherent sense of isolation associated with the helmet, which parallels the isolation created by our technologies.
Osadebe obtained a BSc in Business and Management from Queen Mary University of London and a MSc from the University of Warwick, Coventry, majoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. An aspiring entrepreneur turned self taught artist, Osadebe’s art has been featured in numerous contemporary art exhibitions since relocating back in 2013, collaborated with international brands such as Diesel and has coined a new cultural movement he calls ‘neo-africa’, which aims to deconstruct the notion of “African art” and escape the expectations often projected onto contemporary artists emanating from the African continent.
Dennis Osadebe lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
Work. Life. Balance (Solo Exhibition), Daejon, South Korea
Portrait Of a Bright Generation, (Solo Exhibition), Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris, France
Investec Cape Town (Art Fair), Booth C6, Cape Town, South Africa
A Spectacular Now (Duo Show) with Evans Mbugua, Nairobi, Kenya
Revealed, Miami Beach, Florida
Cu-ulture And Tradition: Same Experience, Different Local, London, United Kingdom
The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi, New York, USA
FNB Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
A Stranger In My Home (Solo Exhibtion), The Other Art Fair by Saatchi, Brooklyn Expo Centre, Brooklyn, New York, United States Of America.
POP-UP Galleries, Collabzurich, Zurich, Switzerland
52Lager (Group show) Windisch, Switzerland
ARTOJA (Group Exhibition), Art Twenty One, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
The London Illustration Fair (Art Fair), Oxo Wharf, South Bank, London, United Kingdom
Remember The Future (Solo Exhibition), Red Door Gallery, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Art House Foundation Auction (Art Auction), Kia Show Room, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Dennis Osadebe for Orange Culture (Pop-up exhibition), Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos Living and Working (Group Exhibition), Heritage Place, ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
For the Love of Cars (Group Exhibition), Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria
Platform (Group Exhibition), Art Twenty One, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Only the Brave (Solo Exhibition), Lagos, Nigeria
Art Pop Up Series (Group Exhibition), IAMISIGO showroon, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Rele Loves (Group Exhibition) Rele Gallery, Onikan, Lagos
Culture Shock (Group Exhibition), Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
PUBLICATIONS of “Portrait of A Bright Generation”
Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Lagos, Nigeria)
Interactive Africa (Cape Town, South Africa)