Samson Bakare, born in 1993, is a Nigerian artist who dabbles in multiple disciplines. His artistic journey began at a young age in Lagos, where he was inspired by his architect father’s creativity. Samson is a graduate of the School of Art at Yaba College of Technology, which is also the alma mater of renowned artists such as Wahab Saheed, Edosa Oguigo, Kelani Abass, Adebayo Atanda, and others.
Samson’s artwork revolves around the promotion of black identity and values, both in contemporary and retrospective contexts. Through his depictions of historical scenes, he has documented the lives of black people in different time periods and locations. He creates portraits of African men and women with stoic expressions as they strive for cultural emancipation.
Samson’s art acts as a time machine, allowing viewers to witness the past and glimpse the future from the same standpoint. The East African Coptic art serves as the basic influence for his exploration, with the theme and subject matter being a hybrid of classicism and stylization that he refers to as Afro-classicism.
Satirical pieces are a prevalent feature of Samson’s work, as he attempts to review the excesses of British imperialism and promote racial equality. His paintings often feature figures with reconstructed forms and a fusion of comical rendition.
Samson received his training from prominent and veteran Nigerian artists such as Abiodun Olaku, Raji Babatunde, Edosa Oguigo, Ejoh Wallace, and others at the Universal Studios of Art (National Art Theater) in Lagos, Nigeria.