Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

Sold for

ZAR 140 700
Lot 53
  • Prince Twins Seven-Seven; Procession
  • Prince Twins Seven-Seven; Procession
  • Prince Twins Seven-Seven; Procession

Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 140 700

About this Item

Nigerian 1944 - 2011

signed and dated 1974 on the reverse

mixed media on board
155 by 120cm excluding frame; 161 by 124 by 4cm including frame


Prince Twins Seven-Seven was a prominent Nigerian artist and one of the leading talents to emerge from the Oshogbo School led by German Ulli and Georgina Beier. He was a dancer with a travelling medicine show that sold ‘Superman Tonic’ before joining the school in 1964. Here he began by drawing in pen and ink on paper but soon developed a technique where he laminated paintings on wood. His works are influenced by Yorba mythology, cosmology, and culture. He was also a musician who continued to perform and record throughout his life. In 2000 he moved to Philadelphia, PA, USA but, after a tumultuous time, returned to Nigeria in 2008, where he remained until his death from a stroke in 2011.

Born Taiwo Bamidele Olaniyi Oyewale Oyekale Aitoyeje Osuntoki, he renamed himself Twins Seven-Seven (Ibeji Meje-Meje in Yoruba) because he was the only surviving child of the seven sets of twins born to his parents – he was from the seventh set. His great grandfather, Osuntoki, served as king of Ibadan in the 1890s, thereby allowing him the title of ‘Prince’.

Prince Twins Seven-Seven exhibited widely including in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, UK, and USA. In 2005, he was named one of UNESCO’s Artists for Peace, an honour bestowed upon those who use their renown in ways that promote UNESCO’s message and programme.

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