Jess Castellote is a Spanish architect living in Lagos, Nigeria. He is the Director of the Virtual Museum of Modern Nigerian art


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  1. Hi jess,
    You seem to be coordinating or have track of Nigerian architects/artists and their work. I am in Texas US and been trying to get touch with Tony Chizea all in vain. Please I’ll be glad if you could send his contacts through my email to me. You can also confirm with Tony so you don’t think I am one internet hoax.
    Thank you very much for your cooperation

  2. Hello Jess,
    Currently i am empowering Artist with Laptops to enhance their presentations as well as encourage documentations of discovery made during their course of work.

    i encourage educating children, youth and adult on learning Art as a form of empowerment so in collaboration with Joseph eze, Yoloye Soji, Dudu emmanuel, Joel Utuedor we shall give free art education as soon as we are ready.

    It is with great honor i invite you to my gallery in Lagos. I have been collecting and Promoting Art in Nigeria in the last 12 years. we are new and Officially Opened the gallery’s Collection to the Public to acquire, enjoy and appreciate.

    i shall furnish you an appointment and address of the gallery once i get your reply.

    Thank you and thanks to Mr eze joseph for introducing me to this link.

    Rodney Asikhia
    Tribes Art Africa

  3. hi just want to enquire about tony nsofor’s artwork? i have aq couple of his works and am interested how much they would be worth?
    yours mike

  4. please, i need to inform you that my web site is currently undergoing some changes. so for now,is currently not avaliable. Am a graduate of physiololgy university of ilorin,but i’ll like to further my career in ART,cos i guess thats my natural area of call.My problem is i have lovely art works on ground with no where to exhibit them please helo me out!!

  5. please, i need to inform you that my web site is currently undergoing some changes. so for now,is currently not avaliable. Am a graduate of physiololgy university of ilorin,but i’ll like to further my career in ART,cos i guess thats my natural area of call.My problem is i have lovely art works on ground with no where to exhibit them please help me out!! email is klaxon04@yahoo.com

  6. I’m thrilled to find this site. I will be visiting Lagos sometime this Autumn. My greatest desire is to study the art of West Africa. Any suggestions on where I should go in Lagos and the surrounding area to experience the art? Thank you.

  7. Hi Jess

    I recently had the good fortune of being exposed to some truly amazing art by a local Nigerian Artist, Elijah Ekanem.

    Would love to make direct contact with Elijah with a view to seeing more of his portfolio – do you on the off chance have his email & or contact details?

    Much appreciated


    1. did you make contact with the artist? I recently bought 4 of pieces in my visit to Abuja, if you wish I can provide you with the name of the individual who helped me source the pieces. The work is truly amazing.

  8. Keep up the good work Jess!

    Now, how can electronic communication and customer service at the galleries be improved?
    Phone calls are not answered or returned, ineffective and rude response when they are.
    No websites, broken links and very little information when they exist.
    God forbid emails are responded to.

  9. Its amazing the quality of Art coming out of Africa in the last decade. I ran into some high quality graphic design work of Nigerian Illustrator Terna Harlem Kaikyenge on a coroflot.com review late 2008, can anybody link me to a website or a more expansive portfolio of this artist?

    I’m a researcher and am currently documenting emerging creative forces of the 21st century.

  10. Hi Jess,

    Thanks! Thanks!! Thanks!!!
    I’m very happy going through this blog. If there is any other way to score you, i like to have you alive on a canvas.

    …wishing you all the best on your great work on Nigerian Artists.

    paul ayokhai

  11. Hello Mr. Les,

    I came across your blog, and I very much appreciate the way you’re linking artist in Nigeria most especially in Lagos. Enclosed here are my details, i am an artist and as well runs an art gallery in Lagos with particular reference to “abstract panting”.

    Thanks and kind regards,

    Uche Onumajulu
    08033328306 & 08053485162.

  12. Love you for the great impact on Nigerian artist
    I came across your blog through the mail sent to my box.

    i am a Nigerian Artist, a painter, love impacting art knowledge
    on children.
    Tel: 08052230163
    Email: yusuf.durodola@yahoo.com

  13. hi, Jess. just want to make few suggestion about the site .i thank there should be visual display of some work of art.

  14. Hello Jess, Your blog is quite a sumptuous journal of contemporary art in Nigeria. I’m very pleased to read it after a patron directed me to check out the blog which he also enjoyed so much. Regards, Yisa


  16. Sir,i want to say a big thank you for the great works you have been doing,though am new to your site but i already have a confidence that i will by all means gain a lot,which i will in turn teach my fellows.Am very good at portrait drawing and am looking forward to the day when i will have my own exhibition.not like am not prepared but it just that things has not been really nice over in Nigeria.

  17. Hi Jess, nice blog! I will follow the nigerian art from Buenos Aires. Don’t forget to put in practice everything in next 72 hours!
    Best wishes

  18. Hi there Jess,

    I thought you might be interested in an event we have going on called The Artist’s Experience at The White Space: 58 Raymond Njoku Street, off Awolowo Rd. Have a look at my website for more info. Hope to see you there.



  19. Hey Jess,
    Thanks for the Info and input on the Artist,Olu Amoda.My cousin I.Stache used to teach with him (silk painting ) at Yabatech many years ago when her husband worked in Lagos with the “German Auswaertige Amt”.
    They are also good friends.
    Was a pleasur to read your blog.

    Karin Moore

  20. Jess, your blog such a needed resource, and such a wonderful find for me personally. Thanks so much for your time and passion. I would be extremely grateful to have a chat with you about a range of ideas I am trying to develop to support different aspects of the arts here. Your experience and ideas would be invaluable I am sure. Grateful if you can let me know how best to contact you. Cheers

  21. Please Jess, its Patrick a friend to Asidere Emuyenwomeno.(the IT guy that wants to go into Creative Landscaping & Beautification ) Asidere and I met at the Nosa’s exhibition with Ato . Please I need Asidere’s contacts phone , email as well as Ato’s.My phone got lost recently.Am ready now and I also need you to help me.Hope you are fine.

  22. Hi,my name is Ibrahim Gbadamosi.I’m a self trained artist.It would be a great honour to have you as a guest at my maiden exhibition tagged “Artisticjuice” holding at The African Foundation For the Arts,29 Balarabe Musa Cresent ,Victoria Island,Lagos, from December10 to 14.To preview the exhibition pls visit; http://www.artisticjuice.com.(pls feel free to use vthe images in your commentary on your blog)

  23. Hi Jess
    It is a wonderful experience valuing your inquisitive nature about art/artists in Nigeria.More strength to your elbow!
    I’m an artist,writer,author,educationist and Coordinator of ALTERNATIVE ARTS FRIENDLY INITIATIVE NETWORK (AAFIN)with a view towards using the arts to facilitate and enhance teaching-learning process among young people.Im based in ibadan.I organize children art exhibition yearly(fourth edition on the way )I will like to meet you or give you this open invitation to attend at Alliance Francoise,ibadan next year February 25th,2012.Theme:My Nigeria:with or without Corruption.

  24. Hi Jess, I remember that we have been in touch some time ago, when we did our last play Cost of Living. Somehow I cant find your emailadress any more. So I thought I better contact you this way. We have another show on in Terra Kulture, ANIMAL FARM, a Nigerian adaption and stage adaption of George Orwell’s Novel. Performances will be on this Sunday and next Sunday at 3pm and 6pm. We have started a Facebook page: Monu and Monu Productions, where we uploaded pictures from rhearsals and a short trailer, as well as the flyer. If you like I can also send you the information to an Emailaccount.
    Please let us know if you can come, we would love to meet you in person.
    Best regards,

  25. Hi Jess,
    A current project on museum design in a course-Virtual City led me to a search for virtual museums in Nigeria which in turn, led me here. I am currently studying Digital Architectural Design at masters level at the Salford University, Manchester. Being the director of Virtual Museum of Modern Nigerian Art, I am very interested in working with you, in any way beneficial to the Museum especially in the design of virtual spaces and enhancing the virtual experience.

  26. Hello Jess, My spanish friends Begonia and Belen from Abuja sent me your link. I am Gary Stephens an American artist living in Johannesburg and coming to Lagos on an inspiration gathering trip. Your blog looks great and I will use it as a source of finding galleries and places to view art. Thank you!!! I make huge drawings of contemporary urban style, braided hair, hats… so I am looking forward to seeing what is happening in Lagos.

    On Thursday March 1st, at 15:00, I will give a talk about my work at CCA Lagos. Gallery Momo, in Johannesburg where I exhibit is connecting me to CCA. I will talk about my technique of pleating and folding my drawings to create stripes. I will also discuss my new expressionistic portraits painted on Nigerian wax fabric.

    Would be great to meet you

  27. Hi Jess, I have a ncie photo of you and Ade but nit sure where to email you. What a nice afternoon seeing Lagos art scene. Thank you so much. Looking forward to returning to Lagos

  28. Dear Mr Castellote

    I am an editor of a new magazine profiling the best of Africa and would love to speak to or get in contact with you about your views on Nigerian artists and discuss your journey through African art.

    Would this be something you would be interested in and be able to give a few minutes of your time? It would be very much appreciated.


    Anna Marie Benedict

  29. Buongiorno Jess. Vorrei, se possibile, avere informazioni su due opere pittoriche nigeriane (o grafiche?) in mio possesso dal 1985. ho trovato alcune informazioni e vengono classificate come “emboumbas”. E’ possibile? La ringrazio per il suo interesse. O forse potrebbe indicarmi qualche esperto di arte pittorica nigeriana in Milano? Grazie Anna Consonni

  30. Hi Jess,
    Its been an age since we communicated. How is work in Lagos and the LBS. You are doing an Awesome job!!! I commend all your efforts. Olu Amoda is a very good friend of mine. Looking forward to hearing from you sometime. Dimeji Ajasin (we worked together on the LBS project, while I was at Design Group).

  31. Dear Jess, Greetings from the Johannesburg Art Fair this weekend. Missing you and Sammy here. Was hoping to show you around some of the interesting Joburg art spots and non profit centers. Lagos is represented at the fair by Omenka gallery which has a booth.

    I’ll be in touch soon to invite you to my first Lagos solo show, The Ankara Portraits: Gary Stephens at Omenka Gallery, opening October 19th, 16:00

    Hope to see you there. I”ll be in Lagos for a sort of residency for a month and hope we can meet

    Gary Stephens

  32. hi, jess.Good job,akande Ezekiel (Prof).pls keep me updated.

  33. Hello Jess,
    Any art schools in Lagos? Want to learn drawing, painting and sculpting.
    I am a cake artist and I would love to improve on my work as an artist using cake as my medium. Is there any art school you can recommend for me?

  34. Hi Jess, could you please change the contact info for Quintessence, it’s:

    Park View Estate Entrance,
    Off Gerrard Road

  35. Hi Jess, Came across a reference to your ‘Contemporary Nigerian Art in Private Collections’ in a Bonhams catalogue – Africa Now May 2014 – but the article quoted appears to refer to work by Ablade Glover of Ghana. I wasn’t aware that you had written about Glover before – but I’m working on him and would like a proper reference to the original article – if possible – rather than the small, incomplete snippets quoted in the catalogue. Could you please help with that. I will certainly be returning to this blog for more browsing anon. I wonder did you know Sandor Peri in the old days. Best regards, Gerard Houghton, London

  36. Dear Jess Castellote, it was great to find your blog and to follow up on art in Nigeria. I’m an art blogger myself, based in Berlin, and I have a series about art bloggers worldwide with the aim to connect more. I would love to feature your blog. I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards

  37. Hi
    I just saw your posted, You mean Toni Chizea from Galerie Falconi in Lagos Nigeria.

    If yes, I know him very well and I have his contact address.

  38. Hello Jess,
    I am currently carrying out a research work on nigerian artworks that will be of interest to you. I have been trying to link up with you on linkedin with no success. Kindly let me have your e-mail so we can discuss.

  39. Hola Jess, soy Ángela de la revista afribuku.

    Te escribo para preguntarte si podríamos traducir y publicar tu artículo sobre el tristemente fallecido Ben Osaghae.
    Tienes algún email personal?

    Un saludo y gracias por adelantado.

    1. I have a painting of two traditional African drummers (blue and white), dated 1988 and signed Great O. Fatus. Can you tell me about the artist? Thanks.

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