Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

Agoreyo Oke (ARMSTRONG)


"in the beginning"

(Gen 1:3; And God said "Let there be light and there was light." And God saw that the light was good. And God separated light from Darkness.)

"intrepid generation"

(While the Eagle represents the rich and powerful in society, the chicken represents the poor and the weak. The poor have been oppressed by the rich over time, and the only way the poor can get their place back in society is by challenging the rich.)

"misunderstood"

(This image portrays a rape victim in Africa who is abandoned by the very family and society who ought to console her and help her heal, but she is instead misunderstood in the darkest period of her life.)

"the journey continues"

(In a society where corruption is abundant, the corrupt loot the treasury meant for a nation while the youth wander with no clear destination ahead. They travel with the hope of a better tomorrow, in spite of the obvious slowing them down. They choose not to give up.)

Agoreyo Oke (Armstrong), born in Nigeria in the late 80s, is known for the distinctive way he portrays his figures using extremely tiny paper cuts. He believes he is creating a template in which nature can explore his creativity. Agoreyo Oke has been able to carve a name for himself as the only collage artist in Nigeria who has been successfully able to cut and blend his extremely tiny cuts of papers, creating a sublime and interesting feel to his audience's eyes from afar.