President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has congratulated world renowned printmaker, painter and sculptor, Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya, who has turned 80 .
The President, describes the Urhobo-born highly celebrated artist as a pacesetter and irresistible influence on generations of artists in Nigeria, and commends the creativity, presence of mind and realism which Onobrakpeya has brought to bear on his cerebral works which he has had the rare honour of displaying at famous arts exhibition centres all over the world.
“Indeed, Bruce Onobrakpeya has been a worthy Ambassador portraying not only Nigerian culture and history in living colours but, also the entire black race,” President Jonathan said.
Jonathan also singled out for special praise, the Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation which has been used to encourage the growth of arts and culture and impart skills in budding artists. He enjoined younger Nigerian artists and students of Dr. Onobrakpeya to emulate the unparalleled devotion to work, discipline and patriotism which the great art teacher exhibits and typifies.
The President wishes Dr. Onobrakpeya good health