Ben Enwonwu’s commitment to the study and appreciation of modern art from Africa has left a world-renowned legacy of material relating its history, practice and future.

Consequently, the Foundation is the custodian of one of the most extensive collections of archive material relating to Ben Enwonwu. The archive and library are open by appointment.

The Foundation’s location in Ben Enwonwu’s home lends the archive its cultural and historical significance. It is the most extensive collection of material relating to Ben Enwonwu which illuminate his life work and practice.

Holding a most extensive collection of publications, images, correspondence, sketchbooks and artefacts including tools and costumes, the archive is due to be published online shortly.




The archive  provides a comprehensive record of the artist’s life and work, comprising photographs, negatives, transparencies, glass negatives and digital images available for research or to purchase.

Enwonwu used photography to document his work, sometimes recording every stage from conception to completion. The archive holds early images of Enwonwu as a student at the State and depicts every stage of his career as well as his works and life in Onitsha, Lagos and London.

In addition to Enwonwu’s own prints and transparencies, our collection holds material from many other accomplished photographers. Many of the images in these collections are available for reproduction and we hold a copyright interest in any image of Ben Enwonwu or his works. Please read our section on Licensing and reproduction for more about how to license a Ben Enwonwu image and our charges.