El Anatsui

El Anatsui is one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists of our time. Emerging from the vibrant post-independence art movements of 1960s and ’70s West Africa, he has gone on to receive widespread international acclaim for his sculptural experiments with media, form and tradition. The artist has addressed a vast range of socio-political and historical concerns, and embraced an equally diverse range of media and processes.

Making use of intricate and unusual materials - usually scrap - such as cassava graters, railway sleepers, driftwood, iron nails and obituary printing plates, aluminium bottle-tops, Anatsui uses his signature 'sewing' process to create vast, sculptural forms which often drape off the side of large buildings - something that rarely fails to amaze and inspire his onlookers.

His sculptures have been collected by and exhibited in major international museums, including the British Museum (London), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the de Young Museum (San Francisco), the Smithsonian Institution and many, more.

The work El Anatsui has made at Factum Arte have been exhibited at:

  • Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, 2019
  • Masterpiece Art Fair, London, 2019
  • Benchmarks, October Gallery, London, 2017
  • Benchmarks, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2017
  • Topology of Generosity, Barakat, Seoul, 2017

A quick guide to Benchmarks
Artists exploring 3D technology (Financial Times )

Black on Gold and Gold on Black


Benchmarks series




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