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Assoc. Prof. Blaise Gundu Gbaden

Research Interest

Painting, Drawing, Poetry, Indigenous African forms and local materials

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Blaise Gundu Gbaden, who hails from Benue State, Nigeria, was born on 3rd February 1966 in Ilorin, Kwara State, and spent his childhood years in Vom, Plateau State. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1993), the Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1999), and a PhD degree in Painting, as one of the pioneer set of students, from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (2014). Blaise taught Painting and Drawing at the University of Maiduguri for over a decade before transferring his services to the newly established Federal University of Lafia in 2012, where he now teaches Painting, Drawing, and Art Theory courses. He was the substantive Head of the Department of Visual and Creative Arts from December 2016 to October 2019 and was able to earn full NUC accreditation status for the department and subsequently commenced postgraduate courses at the MA, MFA and PhD levels. In 2018 he was promoted to the rank of an Associate Professor in Drawing and Painting. He is the editor of Resonance Journal of Contemporary Art Scholarship and only recently edited a Festschrift in honour of Professor Jerry Buhari to mark his 60th birthday anniversary. Blaise considers himself a postmodernist painter who explores social expectations in human society. He is married with four children and also writes and recites poetry. Several of his paintings, drawings and prints are in public and private collections in Nigeria, Ghana, Australia, Germany, USA, Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa and South Korea.

Selected Publications in Scientific Journals