"My Nigerian environment and the natural scenery I see as I travel across my country give inspiration to my paintings."
"I am a painter. My wife is a textile designer who produces batik and tie-dye, and my second son is an artist in training, now in the university.
"I was born on April 19, 1952 in Ogehenerurie Iyede in Nigeria. I am an easy-going, hardworking and friendly person.
"With the encouragement of my uncle, who was then a teacher, I started painting in primary school. I later gained employment in the museum as a clerk, in 1975, but my innate interest for art could be seen in the way I went about my work. Some of the senior officers discovered my interest in art and encouraged me to pursue it.
"So I took courses to improve on my natural skill. It has taken continuous practice, and I have attended a number of exhibitions and workshops to master this art.
"I have worked at the museum all these years, and have also been able to set up an art workshop and gallery in Nigeria as a center for students from various higher institutes in Northern Nigeria. The gallery also provides a working space for other artists within my community and provides a place to exhibit their works for sale. The workshop provides a meeting place for the Society of Nigerian Artists, for which I have been a state chapter chairman since 2004.
"My materials used for paintings are not recycled but prepared in fresh and original colors. My Nigerian environment and the natural scenery I see as I travel across my country give inspiration to my paintings.
"I met Edward Adeniran, a Novica-featured artist, for the first time in 2000 and again at the Africa Art and Craft Expo 2011, where he introduced me to Novica.
"My first exhibition was published in the Nigeria Enquirer in 1978. My desires, hopes and dreams are to leave a gallery of artwork for generations yet-unborn."
Ezekiel Emealereta Udubrae has received many awards and distinctions, including second place in Oyo State in Nigeria (1983), Chairmanship Award (2012), and Best Design Pavilion in the Africa Art and Craft Expo (2013).