Mike Asukwo, whose gift has brought joy to many both home and abroad, was born in Idua Assang in Oron Local government of Akwa Ibom state. He attended St Vincent’s College, Oron, and later did a bit of Business Administration at the Calabar Polytechnic where the art in him made sure he found it boring. He left in his second year.
Restlessness took him to many studios, galleries, fairs and workshop and finally landed him at the prestigious Yaba College of Technology where he studied Fine Art formally for the first time and specialized in Sculpture.
After graduation, he became a full-time studio artist for a while, creating series of sculptures, drawings and paintings and unique handcrafted gift items that enjoyed great patronage.
“It was an era that improved the quality of my thought processes and enriched the intellectual content of my creative efforts infusing a sophisticated and minimalist approach that gave my work a wider appeal”, he said.
He is part of the team that created most of the monumental outdoor sculptures in Calabar, Cross River State.
His illustrations and cartoons have been published in several magazines and newspapers, books, newsletters and journals in Nigeria and abroad, including many websites and blogs. He currently works with BusinessDay Newspaper as Chief Editorial Artist.
His cartoons are poignant, acerbic and humorous, through which he endears himself to a mass audience, and for whom he has become a voice.
Mike Asukwo has taken part in many group exhibitions and won several awards including Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism Award 2012, 2013 and 2015 (Cartoon category). Mike is a member of the Society for Nigerian Artists, Cartoonist Association of Nigeria, and The Creative Chambers.
He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.