The death of veteran artist, Bisi Fakeye, has thrown many into mourning. The news of his death came as what many described as shocking.
Fakeye died on Sunday, October 8, at the Ikorodu General Hospital in Lagos by yet-to-be disclosed ailHe was born in 1942 at Ila-Orangun, Ekiti. He was a renowned caver from the great Fakeye family of carvers - Lamidi Fakeye being the best known.
Bisi apprenticed under Lamidi Fake. Although he went through school up to teacher training college and abandoned teaching for carving. Moving to Lagos in 1968, Bisi interacted with formally trained artists, developed a more commercially based practice, and became part of the Lagos art scene. After FESTAC 1977, he settled into the studios on the grounds of the National Theatre, now Universal Studios of Arts.
Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including Town Crier; sold at Arthouse Contemporary Limited 'Modern and Contemporary Art' in 2008 for $12,729.