Founded in: 1990
+100 artworks in Aworanka
The Henrimoweta African Art Centre is a leading Nigerian art institution that promotes African art. The centre started in a ground space of a residential building just below Henri Moweta’s 2-bedroom apartment. Shortly after, Henrimoweta acquired an adjacent space in order to expand. This expansion created opportunities for larger exhibitions, as well as art coaching and mentoring classes.
For a time, the Henrimoweta African Art Centre was reputed to be the largest art gallery on the Lagos Mainland. Some years after, Henrimoweta closed the expansion wall and returned to its previous size.
In June 2017, Henrimoweta African Art Centre opened a second gallery space located in Victoria Island, Lagos. It is a modern compact space with a collection of contemporary African art, sculptures and masterpieces in one of the best sites in Victoria Island.
About the founder
Artist, painter and curator, Henri Moweta began his journey of art quite early in his life. Born on the first of June of 1960 in Jos to a Delta state family in Nigeria, Henri Moweta has grown to be a standing name in Nigerian art.
He had primary education (1969-1974) at the Saints Patrick’s Model primary school, Sapele Nigeria. Secondary education (1974-1979) at the Saints Patrick’s College (S.P.C), Asaba Bendel State. After his college education, Henri Moweta went on to pursue tertiary education at the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic in Auchi, Edo state where he took on Fine Art as a Major and specialized in painting (1982-1986).
Equipped with sharpened skills and a creative portfolio, he became a fashion design instructor at the Mac’s institute of fashion where he raised top fashion design students; including Gloria Onyeama, now his wife Gloria Moweta- an excelling fashion designer in Nigeria’s commercial metropolis- Lagos.