CURATOR Oliver Enwonwu

Oliver Enwonwu is a well-recognized leader in the Nigerian arts and culture sector with about 20 years of progressive experience in art advisory, programme management, as well as strategy and development.

Oliver Enwonwu is the founder, executive director, and trustee of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. He is also the CEO of Revilo Company Ltd., publishers of Omenka, Africa’s first arts, business and luxury-lifestyle magazine. As president of the Society of Nigerian Artists, he appointed His Excellency, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President of Nigeria as Grand Patron of the Society, and led a delegation of stakeholders to public hearings at the Federal House of Representatives and the Senate on bills to Repeal and Re-Enact the National Gallery of Art Act and Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act, respectively. In addition, he established the Society’s College of Fellows and Hall of Fame.

Enwonwu is the director of Omenka Gallery and has achieved the rating of the gallery on the list of the 500 of the Best Galleries Worldwide by BLOUIN ARTINFO, top ten in Africa by Culture Trip and West Africa’s 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries by CP Africa. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC) and sits on the board of several organizations including the Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria and the Lagos Biennial. He also serves on the governing board of the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria and was recently appointed member of the Advisory Group on Technology and Creativity in the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council, chaired by His Excellency, the Vice President of Nigeria.

In this period, he has also empowered creatives through skills enhancement and optimized business opportunities while managing consultants and working with stakeholders, from diverse cultural teams to the federal government.

An artist, curator, art administrator, author, publisher and brand strategist, Enwonwu earned a first degree in biochemistry, an advanced diploma in exploration geophysics (distinction) and a postgraduate diploma in applied geophysics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. From the same institution, he holds another post graduate diploma in visual arts (distinction) and graduated as the best Master’s in art history student. He is presently pursuing a PhD in African art history at the University of Benin.