Peter Ojingiri Nigeria, b. 1997

Peter Ojingiri (Lives and works in Ilorin, Kwara State) is a self-taught artist based in Nigeria. He studied Biology at Kogi State University and began his art practice in 2017. His most recent body of work centres on West African Folklore and Postcolonial Theory within the realm of Blackness, unpacking critical themes that refer to a time in Africa before the colonial encounter. Ojingiri brings a new and exciting depth to the figure, creating mask-like visages instead of hyperrealist faces and bodies that objectify Blackness. He renders the bodily features of his subjects referring to traditional African masks, focusing on expression beyond the materiality of skin’s colour.

Collective Reflections, his first group exhibition with the gallery took place in 2020 in Accra. Previous group exhibitions include [West] African Renaissance, Gallery 1957 and Christie’s, Dubai, UAE (2021); The Medium Is The Message, Unit London, London, UK (2020); Drawn Together, Unit London, Online (2020); Liminality Of Infinite Space, African Artist Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria (2020). Solo exhibitions include Encountering the Disrupted pt. 2, Gallery 1957, London, UK (2023) and Encountering the Disrupted, Gallery 1957, Gallery II, Accra, Ghana (2022).


Ojingiri participated in 1-54 Art Fair, New York with Galley 1957 (Artsy Presentation) in 2021. The artist completed a residency with Gallery 1957 in January 2023 and has been written about in Latitudes, How Will Curators Institutionalise And Interpret The Portraiture Trend? by Mary Corrigall; Arab News, Christie’s stages first West African art exhibition in Dubai by Rebecca Anne Proctor; Art Plugged, Liminality in Infinite Space and Something Curated, Collective Reflections: Contemporary.

Art Fairs
In this chaotic place (polaroid 003), 2023