Barry Nzennaya

Painter | Nigeria

The cubist, abstract figurative expressionist paintings are his way of telling stories and showing beauty. He has been fascinated by the use of shapes and how they interact in creating forms and are being used in the expression of his imaginative prowess.⁠⠀

“The world is filled with lots of mess, let’s create beautiful art to cleanse it up.”⁠



Nzennaya Barry Ikechukwu was born in Lagos in 1983.
He graduated from federal polytechnic Oko in Anambra State where he studied fine and Applied Arts. He graduated as the best painting student with distinction in 2010.
As an Artist, he loves his expression to have no bounds but was fascinated by the use of shapes, how they interact in creating forms and in the expression of his imaginative prowess.

Barry was mentored by one of the prolific Nigerian northern and horse painter Abdulsalam Abdulkareem but was greatly influenced by the works of great Yusuf Grillo, Sam Ebohon, Donald Onuoha, and great masters such as Pablo Picasso and Paul Cezanne.

Barry has participated in some exhibitions and art competitions such as – The commissioning exhibition of National Gallery of Art, Igbo – Ukwu (2007), 2nd National Visual Art Competition NGA (2009), Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies 30th anniversary art competition and exhibition (2009), SOGAL art auction (2016), SOGAL art auction (2017), Society of Nigerian Artist October Rain Exhibition (2017), Union Bank centenary art competition (2017).

He is a full-time studio Artist currently based in Lagos.

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Africa Now, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands

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