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Tribute to Yusuf Grillo: Nigerian art activist, scholar and bridge builder

By Sule James, Research Associate, University of Johannesburg
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Nigerian contemporary visual artist and scholar Yusuf Grillo died on 23 August 2021, aged 87 years. Art scholar Sule James explains Grillo’s influence and impact on art on the continent.

Who was Yusuf Grillo?


Yusuf Grillo was not only an artist but also an administrator, educator, and mentor to other artists. He was born in 1934 to the family of Yinus Ventura Grillo and Kalia Grillo in Lagos. His grandfather had returned from Brazil to his African homeland…


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