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The Art of JAMA
July 19, 2016

Untitled: Tayo Adenaike

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JAMA. 2016;316(3):252-253. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.14382

Tayo Adenaike (1954-   ) is one of a group of artists who trained at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka. They are collectively known as the Nsukka Group and are some of the first professionally trained contemporary artists to gain recognition after Nigeria gained its independence from Great Britain in 1960. Coming from a variety of cultural backgrounds and incorporating their personal experiences into their work, they resisted the common point of view that “African” art should come in traditional forms and draw on collective narratives or myths. Instead they incorporated traditional motifs and symbols in their work as they saw fit and combined them with European modes of art making, thus forging a more expansive and modern definition of African art.