Benjamin Ogbebor


Born in England and raised in Nigeria, Benjamin Ogbebor returned to England in his twenties and attained a BTEC Diploma in General Arts and Design from Tower Hamlets College, followed by a degree in Graphic Fine Art at the University of East London. Ogbebor first exhibited his work with the BP Portrait Award's 2010 touring exhibition which saw his portrait shown at Aberystwyth Art Gallery, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Usher Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. Ogbebor was awarded Ruth Borchard Collection's Self-Portrait Prize in 2017.


Ogbebor is a self-taught figurative oil painter. Ogbebor's portraits capture his family, friends, artists and people in his community. With his work, Ogbebor aims to portray the true character of his subjects through their likeness. Ogbebor draws inspiration from Renaissance, Baroque, African Art, Impressionism, and Expressionism.

Ogbebor's winning self-portrait depicts the artist staring out at his viewer in oil on canvas. Each  look at his masterful self-portrait reveals new exquisite detail, from the stitching on his shirt to the smattering of freckles around his eyes. Regarding winning the prize, Ogbebor has said: 'I was so surprised - especially knowing the calibre of previous winners such as Shanti Panchal, Thomas Newbolt and Celia Paul, to be ranked alongside them was totally unbelievable, I'm overjoyed.'