Born Dil Humphrey-Umezulike, Dilomprizulike also known as the Junkman of Africa is a contemporary artist from Enugu, Nigeria. His works include neo-expressionist sculpture, performance, and painting using mixed medium and junk. He recycles and transforms jumbles of old fabrics and other debris found on city streets, creating sculptural installations and performances. He holds a Bachelors of Art degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Dundee, Scotland.
Dilomprizulike’s installations and performances examine what he explains as ‘the alienated situation of the African in his own society. He created the “Junkyard Museum of Awkward Things” – a sculptural setting built up from objects in Lagos, Nigeria, a version of this was made for the Oriel Mostyn gallery in Llandudno, Wales. His work feature ties to African traditional masquerade though informed by a post-modern awareness.
Junkman has lived and worked in various forms of the arts practice in Africa, China, UK, USA, Germany among others, he has exhibited widely in Africa and in Europe where he has been a resident artist in a number of institutions including the Victoria and Albert museum London, the Scottish sculpture workshop, Lumsden and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Bonn, Germany. His selected major exhibitions includes Africa Remix at London’s Hayward gallery in 2005, Dakar Biennial, and Guangzhou Triennial.
Dilomprizulike was listed as one of the top 50 creative figures in the African continent in 2006. He lives and works in Soest, Germany and Lagos, Nigeria.