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Diseye TANTUA

Biography

Diseye TantuaDiseye TANTUA
Born in 1974 in Accra – Ghana from a Nigerian father and Ghanaian mother.
Works and lives in Port Harcourt – Nigeria.

Diseye Tantua is best known for his iconic style of "Afro Pop Art," combining graphic symbols, bold colours and expressive text. His drawings are based on traditional proverbs that are made popular by headboards and bumper stickers on buses, taxis, tricycles and street signs. Tantua focuses on social groups in urban spaces, often depicting forms of transit and movement. These scenes are overlaid with popular local expressions that speak to the energy and dynamism of the city's inhabitants.

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“Spending my early years in Accra, Ghana before coming to Nigeria, got me fascinated with the tro-tro (Mammy wagons) and their one-liners, which grew to a selection of traditional proverbs made popular by head broads, bumper write-ups on bus, taxi, tricycles and street signs. It was my choice to keep on with this as my works had become Afrocentric with a twist of Pop Art and urban Art; mostly having calligraphic finish and write-ups of traditional proverbs and vernacular.” Diseye Tantua

Diseye is the Vice President of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) and an active member of The Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria (GFA).

Tantua has always researched into the use of African symbols to authentically uplift his art and give it a distinctive originality. Diseye Tantua's decision to collaborate and incorporate fragments of Fela's lyrics into his new LOOK &s; LAUGH paintings is both appropriate and inspirational. Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and human rights activist, Fela was a cultural sponge who soaked up the ethnic idioms and rhythms of his huge entourage of musicians, singers, dancers and hangers-on who were from Nigeria and Ghana. From them Fela acquired the grassroots and street inflections which he infused into his Afrobeat music; which he used as a megaphone for socio-political protest and incisive commentary on behalf of the masses. Tantua has made this marriage successful by blending colour and meaning to achieve reason!

In Tantua’s artwork we are presented with a carefully selected mix of classic, loaded, one-liners: expressions of witticism, wisdom, warning, wailing, barbed street humour, quasi-spiritual invocations, veiled threats, political protest, social commentary, common sense; the sublime and absurd masterfully hued and garnished in colour tones. The charm of the paintings in this series is that on the surface and, on initial glance, they are simple. But they are equally deceptive in that they are anchored deep in creative strength!

Stylistically, Diseye’s works are an elevation of street art and, their seeming simplicity categorises them as pop art; charting a new and vibrant direction in African pop art. In this respect they faithfully highlight the functionality of their subject matter by re-emphasising and reinvigorating the original African concept of functional art.

Diseye Tantua is the author of over 500 works scattered in many private collections in Nigeria and Europe and has exhibited extensively home and abroad.

Exhibitions & Auctions

2019
- Duo show “ON THE ROAD AGAIN” - OOA Gallery – Barcelona, Spain

2018
- “LA FLORAISON” “BLOOM” - The Next Masters - Alexis Galleries - Lagos, Nigeria
- “INFINITE TREASURES” - Terra Kulture - Lagos, Nigeria
- "ArtHouse" - Modern and Contemporary Art Auction - Lagos, Nigeria

2017
- "INFINITE TREASURES iii" - Terra Kulture - Lagos, Nigeria
- S'ART" a solo show of recent works by Diseye Tantua - ArtHouse the space - KIA showroom, Lagos, Nigeria
- “ArtHouse” - Modern and Contemporary Art Auction - Lagos, Nigeria

2016
- “INFINITE TREASURES” - Terra Kulture - Lagos, Nigeria
- “ArtHouse” - Modern and Contemporary Art Auction - Lagos, Nigeria
- “SOGAL” - Modern and Contemporary Art Auction - PORSCHE CENTRE 179 - Lagos, Nigeria

2015
- "ArtHouse" - Modern and Contemporary Art Auction - Lagos, Nigeria - "ART IS LIFE" - Exhibition promoting Nigerian art and culture, Total Village, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

2014
- “LAGOS ART AUCTION 2014” - TKMG AUCTION HOUSE Plot 1376 - Lagos, Nigeria
- “HOPE” - SCiMA Charity Art exhibition - Port Harcourt, Nigeria
- “ArtHouse” - Modern and Contemporary Art Auction - Lagos, Nigeria

2013
- “GREEN IS KEEN” - An exhibition promoting Nigerian art and culture - Total Village - Port Harcourt, Nigeria

2012
- “LAGOS ART AUCTION 2012” - Terra Kulture Auction House - Lagos, Nigeria
- "ArtHouse" - Modern and Contemporary Art Auction - Lagos, Nigeria.
- “BEAUTIFUL HOUSE USA” celebrating our grand opening - North Carolina, USA

2011
- “EXPOSITION DE SALON” - Total Village Club House - Port Harcourt, Nigeria
- “ArtHouse” - Modern and Contemporary Art Auction - Lagos, Nigeria
- “Terra Kulture” Auction House - Abuja, Nigeria
- “UNSPOKEN WORDS” - Terra Kulture Gallery - Lagos, Nigeria

2010
-"ArtHouse" - Modern and Contemporary Art Auction - Lagos, Nigeria
- “CELEBRATION of HISTORY” NLNG - Bonny Island - Rivers State, Nigeria
- “VISIONS of NIGERIA” - (Celebrating Nigeria @50) - The Residence of Italian Ambassador - Abuja, Nigeria
- “INSPIRATION from AROUND” - Shell Residential Area - Port Harcourt, Nigeria

2009
- “OCTOBER RAIN 2009” - 11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition - National Museum - Lagos, Nigeria
- “OPEN HOUSE” - An Exhibition of Contemporary Nigerian Art - Sponsored by VASON (Visual Art Society of Nigeria) - Mydrim Gallery - Lagos, Nigeria
- “LOOK & LAUGH” - Signature Art Gallery - Lagos, Nigeria
- “DISCOVERY II...” - (An Exhibition of Contemporary Nigerian Art ...in Port Harcourt) - Total Village, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

2007
- “CELEBRATION OF HERITAGE” – Le Meridian Hotel - Abuja, Nigeria

2006
- "Miniature ART FAIR" - Frame Masters – Onikan - Lagos, Nigeria
- “CYNOSURE” - Melrose Office Suite, Lagos, Nigeria
- “MASQUES” (Masks) - Sponsored by Air France - Alliance Francaise, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

2005
-"ARTMOSPHERE” - Contemporary Art of Nigeria - Sponsored by TOTAL - Terra Kulture gallery, Lagos, Nigeria

2004
- “EXPOSITION DE PEINTURE” - Elf Village (Club House) - Port Harcourt, Nigeria
- “48 HOURS WITH CHILDREN OF THE TURTLE” - Espace Alberica - Paris, France

2003
- “DEAR DIARY” - Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas - RA - Bonny Camp, Nigeria
- “EXPRESSION” - Total Fina Elf Village - Lagos, Nigeria

2002
- “SPECIAL ART EXHIBITION” - Total Fina Elf Village - Port Harcourt, Nigeria
- “MEET THE ARTIST” - British Council - Port Harcourt, Nigeria
- “AFRIK ART EXHIBITION” – Total Fina Elf Village - Port Harcourt, Nigeria

2000
- “ART” - British Council - Port Harcourt, Nigeria
 

Artworks for sale

. Diseye Tantua - Who no go, no know - 2018 - 153cm H x 122cm W - Mixed media on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Diseye Tantua - Cool Kobo is better than hot naira - 2018 - 153cm H x 122cm W - Mixed media on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Diseye Tantua - No take your reggae spoil my blues - 2018 - 153cm H x 122cm W - Mixed media on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Diseye Tantua - Level pass Level - 2019 - 153cm H x 122cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Diseye Tantua - I have a dream - 2018 - 153cm H x 122cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Diseye Tantua - No time 4 nonsense - 2018 - 92 x 92 cm - Mixed media on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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