Man from the North
Sam Ovraiti (Nigerian, b. 1961)
DimensionsSheet/image : 15 x 11 1/2 in. (38.1 x 29.21 cm)
Mat : 24 x 20 in. (60.96 x 50.8 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelSam Ovraiti is an adventurous artist who constantly challenges himself to experiment with new materials, styles and subjects. He is also a dedicated teacher who is known for telling his students, "Don't keep planning, paint!" This image of a Fulani man wearing one of his people's distinctive brimmed hats illustrates Ovraiti's great skill as a watercolorist. Ovraiti currently lives and works in Lagos where he serves as director of the Harmattan Workshop, which provides community art workshops and encourages collaborations between artists of different backgrounds.