Onyeka Ibe (b. 1971) is a New York-based contemporary artist. Ibe's work embodied many styles and subjects. His most current work focuses on indigenous forms and content in African art and architecture. He uses dark earthy colors, fragments of found objects and recycled paints to create sculptural installations and multi-layered paintings.
Ibe questions identity. He gives context to marginalized and forgotten communities of his native Africa. The body of work draws ideas from the structural elements of houses in African Villages. Having been raised in West Africa, he reflects on his childhood experiences growing up in Eastern Nigeria. His work explores the traditional architecture of using low-grade sand and mud for houses. While the middle and upper-class built their homes out of higher quality materials, poor people rely on mud, slates, wooden poles and found materials for their house construction. The houses are meant only to provide shelter from wind and rain and protect the inhabitant.
Ibe was born in Nigerian and moved to the United States in 1998. He graduated with First Class Honors (Summa Cum Laude) in 1996 from the University of Benin earning his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art. He subsequently continued his studies at Georgia State University and Pratt Institute New York for his Masters in Fine Art. Ibe has exhibited in major galleries and museums worldwide and featured in many public and private collections.