2018 NOVEMBER EXHIBIT
Born in Nigeria, sculptor Raqib Bashorun studied at Yaba College of Technology before coming to the University of Missouri for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Art Education and Master’s in Fine Arts. His own studio practice has, for decades, been accompanied by a teaching practice, and his exemplary career as an artist and teacher is marked by significant exhibitions around the world and the quality of a younger generation of artists whom he has influenced. Issues of waste, recycling, and environmental sustainability have engaged the artist for decades, underscoring a preoccupation with found materials, which he skillfully reworks as objects of beauty. Deconstruction and reconstruction of pre-existing forms in Bashorun’s work is also heavily associated with Yoruba culture and tradition, wherein the notion of Destiny interacts with the creation, destruction, and evolution of beings.