Ndidi Emefiele is a Nigerian visual artist who was born in 1987 and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Painting from Delta State University, Abraka. She recently obtained a Masters in Fine Art from the prestigious Slade School of Art, University College, London. She has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Rosenfeld Porcini. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including ‘RAINBOW CAFÉ’ sold at Arthouse Contemporary Limited ‘Modern & Contemporary Art’ in 2016 for $17,341.
Founded in 2011, Rosenfeld Porcini occupies a prime location in the heart of the dynamic gallery district of London’s Fitzrovia. Rosenfeld Porcini has a strong international outlook committed to showing contemporary artists from around the world.
From June 9th to July 15th, 2017, Rosenfeld Porcini will present Loud by leading contemporary artist Ndidi Emefiele – her first solo show in London. Over the last nine months, the artist has been working on a new compelling body of mixed media works on canvas that will be for the occasion unveiled across the gallery two-floors. The exhibition will also feature two large-scale paintings that testify to her increasing ambition.
Drawing on cultural, gendered and personal references, Ndidi Emefiele creates layered figurative compositions that obsessively address female identity within contemporary Nigerian society. Yet her narrative has a far wider relevance. Her vivid canvases embrace a vision of women as strong, self-reliant characters who exist in relation to each other in a universe where the male is only noticed by his total absence. The women who inhabit her works are in total command of whatever environment they are placed in. Their supremely confident postures display disdain for social norms and defiance for any behavioural patterns aimed at obtaining male consensus.
The strength of the artist’s narrative is given added force by her incorporation of textiles and traditional materials within the paintings.