Ekow Nimako was born in Montreal and studied Fine Arts at York University. He

began using Lego in his professional practice in 2014 and has since cultivated

a unique approach to sculpting the iconic material. In 2015 he explored the

theme of animal extinction with his monumental sculpture, Silent Knight,

commissioned by the City of Toronto for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. The seven-

and-a-half foot sculpture paid homage to one of Ontario’s most extirpated bird

species, the barn owl, and further elevated Ekow’s ability to animate the

inanimate. 2016’s Grey Matters, commissioned by the Baycrest Foundation for

the citywide fundraising campaign The Brain Project, featured a monochromatic,

larger-than-life human brain as a public statement on the importance of brain

health. During 2017 Ekow delved into his studio practice, drawing on his fascination 

with mythology and the austerity and metaphorical imagery of West African

proverbs to create his latest body of work Building Black: Mythos. Ekow 

lives and works in Toronto, Canada.




2016 – Grey Matters, The Brain Project/Baycrest Foundation, Union Station |

Yorkdale Shopping Centre

2015 – Silent Knight, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art


2017 - (Group Exhibition) CreativeTO, Artscape Young Place

2016 - (Group Exhibition) Intergalactic Noise, Art Gallery of Mississauga

2015 - (Solo Exhibition) Building Black, Capacity 3 Gallery

2015 - (Group Exhibition) Black Future Month, Ontario College of Art and Design

2014 - (Solo Exhibition) Building Black, B.A.N.D Gallery and Cultural Centre

2014 - (Solo Exhibition) Building Black, Impresario Gallery

2014 - (Solo Exhibition) Building Black, Daniels Spectrum


2007 - 2010 - BFA: Studio, York University


2016 – The Art Gallery of Mississauga - Roots and Branches

2015 - The Power Plant Gallery - Power Youth Residency/Winter

2015 - The Power Plant Gallery - Power Youth Residency/Fall


2016 – Grey Matters, The Brain Project - Baycrest Foundation

2016 – the Bergeron Centre of Engineering Excellence, Lassonde School of


2015 - Silent Knight, City of Toronto, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
2014 - Lady Nzinga, Canadian Film Centre, Bold, Black Risk-taker 2014