The Junkman From Africa

Dil Humphrey-Umezulike, better known as Dilomprizulike was born 1960 in Enugu, Nigeria. He is a contemporary artist working in sculpture, performance and painting who has adopted the nickname ‘The Junkman From Africa ‘. He studied art at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria and has an MFA from the University of Dundee, Scotland.
In his work he recycles and transforms heaps of old clothing and other detritus found on city streets, creating sculptural installations and performances that reflect the disenfranchised situation of many African people.
He created the ‘Junkyard Museum of Awkward Things’, a sculptural environment built up from found objects, in Lagos and has also made a version of it for the Oriel Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno, Wales.
He has exhibited widely in Africa and in Europe, where he has been artist in residence at a number of institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Bonn, Germany.

In 2010 he created Busy Street for the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Israel. The piece, which was made from local rubbish, was a reflection on Israel’s consumer society.

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