CHIEF ZACHEUS OLOWONUBI OLORUNTOBA (Listed Nigerian 1919-2014). Healing Protective Figures?, mixed media (ink and watercolor, etc.) on fabric, 26" x 43-1/2" sight size (framed size: 26-3/4" x 44") signed/inscribed lower right. In reading about this important Nigerian artist, he was a clarivoyent that was interested in protection and healing. We therefore, believe the figures in the painting are probably healing protective figures. The artist has auction records to $7900.00. We found another figural piece, a 47.24" x 32.68", ink, felt and vegetable dye that sold at Piasa Auctions on 11/29/2017 with an estimate of $1392 to $2089 which sold for $6040.00! I have put the freight at $110.00 since we'll have to use extra packing and protection since the item has glass. Condition: Viewed through glass in excellent condition.
Biography from Askart as provided by The Auction Room
Zacheus O. Oloruntoba, born in 1919, is a Yoruba chieftain and heir to the throne of Ogidi, Nigeria. He is also a practicing tribal shaman, a recognized clairvoyant, and a consultant in herbal medicine at Georgetown University.
Chief Oloruntoba began painting in his teenage years as a way of processing and recording lucid and apparently clairvoyant dreams that he experienced since late childhood and which earned him international fame. His artwork is an integral part of his work as a healer and his works are created to be actively therapeutic.
His work has been exhibited by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and is in the collections of Queen Elizabeth II, David Rockefeller, Mohammed Ali, Ornette Coleman, and Ambassador Andrew Young.
Also from his obituary: CHIEF Z. O. OLORUNTOBA 1919 - 2014 Chief Zacheus Olowonubi Oloruntoba passed away in Marietta, Georgia, on Thursday, March 13, according to his son, Patrick, and daughter, Abiola. Cause of death was a stroke. Chief Oloruntoba was born in Ogidi, Nigeria, October 1, 1919. He is a prominent African artist who is known for his colorful herbal-dyed, cotton-cord tapestries depicting African life. He showed in Lagos, Nigeria and in London. His U.S. representative, Dorothy Rogers of Dorothy Rogers Fine Art, Santa Fe, staged many one-man exhibits including 1999 and 2000 at The Wichita Center for the Arts, Kansas. Rogers curated a major exhibit for The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Conn. in 2002. This exhibit was reviewed by William Zimmer and featured in The New York Times, Sunday, April 7, 2002. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, chose a work from this exhibit for their permanent collection. Oloruntoba is also in the collections of Queen Elizabeth II and David Rockefeller. Oloruntoba was among the first folk art artists to exhibit at the International Folk Art Market sponsored by the Folk Art Museum, Santa Fe, 2004 and 2005. The artist had yearly exhibits at Rogers' gallery, Santa Fe, 2003 to 2011. The lively openings featured Chief and African drummers, all in full regalia. Chief Oloruntoba will be buried in Ogidi, Nigeria. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 20, 2014