Ghanaian Sculptor El Anatsui Listed Among 2023 TIME100 Most Influential People

TIME has listed Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui as one of the most influential people of 2023.

The renowned sculptor joins a list of others who made the 2023 TIME100 Most Influential People list.

Revered as one of the most impactful artists of our time, El Anatsui shows an incomparable capacity to experiment with his materials, medium, and process.

El collects diverse materials, puts them aside in his studio for years, and then returns to them intermittently until he figures out the right language for inventing completely new sculptural forms.

The breathtaking combination of experimental rigour and inspired vision turns such unassuming materials as printer’s plates or liquor-bottle caps into magnificent constructions and compositions displayed around the world, from a recent solo show in Seoul to his upcoming commission at London’s Tate Modern.

Less public, but just as important, is El’s unflinching generosity of spirit. As his career grew, so has his remarkable propensity to support not just other artists but also individuals, families, and institutions in his community in Nsukka and across Nigeria.

And he does all this without fanfare as if it is only but a life mission. That, for me, is the mark of greatness.

Additional text by CHIKA OKEKE-AGULU.

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