Jebila Wolfe-Okongwu was born in London to a Nigerian father and a British mother. His earliest years were spent in Africa, before studies and graduation from art school in Australia. He lives and works in Rome.
The paintings and sculpture in this exhibition are all made from banana boxes worked with paint, fiberglass and resin. With their exuberant surface made of colours and words they draw on various inspirations, from the geometric patterns of Igbo tribal art, to Pop Art’s use of advertising
At the end of the exhibition, Wolfe-Okongwu will cross the river Tiber in a similar banana-box canoe in a performance designed to highlight this plight.