Okpu-Egbes' strong social commentary is synonymous with contemporary African Art (Afro-Expressionism), making him prominent among an emerging generation of African born artists. His compositions balance street culture with high culture and African spiritualism with modern banality.
Born in Cameroon, Okpu-Egbe's bold, textured paintings are quintessentially Afro-Expressionist. Okpu-Egbe’s aesthetic is multi-layered, informed by his experiences growing up in Cameroon and by the global politics of a metropolis such as London, where he currently lives. Okpu-Egbe turns to his life experiences to create his work: stories of his African childhood, personal encounters, historical research and political commentary. His technique is executed in thick textured acrylic and is overworked in oil-bar. These are often applied onto found materials: doors, wooden palettes, and bubble wrap.
Okpu-Egbe work has been featured in The Financial Times, Beaux Arts Magazine, London Live, CNN, and Bloomberg TV. His work was recently displayed at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Okpu-Egbe was also commissioned by the BBC to produce a painting for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.