Artist: Samko Rotizo
I am Isamuko Rotimi Isaiah, born in Osun, State of Nigeria, June 15.1968. I am an artist which specializes in painting, textile design and sculpture. l own and am the director of Rotizo Art Gallery in Ibadan, Nigeria.I received my Diploma in Fine Art from the Polytechnic School of lbadan 1994. Since then I am an active member of the Society of Nigerian Artist, the Oyo State Chapter and since 1999 also of the Art Council of African Studies Association, University of Florida. I have had numerous solo and group exhibitions both in Africa and Germany, such as " Myth or Reality" at the Alliance France or "Modern Nigerian Painters" at the British Council, both in Nigeria. Furthermore, I’ve had an exhibition at Die Potsdamer Kunstgenossen am Schlaatz with „Kunst im Foyer“. I’m the father of two beautiful children who reside in Nigeria.
The artist explains his artwork as follows: The artwork displayed on the bear is the contemporary nigerian art to depict Nigeria. Nigeria is a country with a deep, rich and diverse culture. She also has a true and dynamic long standing history. The artwork displayed on the bear weaves into focus the three major ethnic groups which make up the beautiful country of Nigeria. Displayed on the front of the bear are the three dominant tribes, namely the Yoruba, Hausa and the Igbo tribes. In placing them on the bear I want to focus on the people of Nigeria and their ability to show their capacity for unity and tolerance. The pronounced green color used is representative of Nigeria’s lush and abundant green land. Nigeria’s agriculture is one that attracts the world community. Some of the landscapes and forests at this present time are being affected by modern times and climate change which is making the lush land of Nigeria vulnerable. This vulnerability puts its land and resources in a place of destruction. This is one of the biggest threats to Nigeria’s sustainable and beautiful landscape. The development of Nigeria and its’ sustainability is being challenged – and the effects are felt worldwide. The upward position of the bears hands is a true view of the freedoms the Nigerian people enjoy. All in all, we are halting war and hate and ushering in peace.
Lastly, the Nigerian bear and its designs symbolize unity, tolerance, peace and love. The diverseness of the Nigerian people and their acceptance of each other differences is setting the example and showing the world how beautiful acceptance is.