Iké Udé is a photographer, performance artist, author and publisher. He is best known for his conceptual photographic portraits that explore issues of representation and sexual, gender, cultural, and stylistic identity.
Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Ike attended the Government Secondary School, a British boarding school in Afikpo Nigeria. He was a habitué of London before he moved to New York in 1981 to study Media Communications at Hunter College, CUNY. He began his artistic art career in the late 1980s with abstract painting and drawing. Since the 1990s, photography has been Udé's primary medium
Udé is the author of Style File: The World's Most Elegantly Dressed, published by Harper Collins in 2008. The volume profiles 55 influential arbiters of style. The publication provides information on all of the 55 women and men profiled, including John Galliano, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Dita Von Teese, and Christian Louboutin.
Udé also created aRUDE magazine, named in homage to the Jamaican rude boys of 1960s London. His work is in the permanent collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Art, Sheldon Museum, RISD Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and in many private collections; exhibited in solo and group exhibitions; reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Flash Art, Art News and such. His articles on fashion and art have been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide.
He has made the coveted Vanity Fair magazine’s International Best Dress List, in 2009, 2012; Vanity Fair: A Blast of the Best 2013; Vanity Fair: The Top Ten Best Dressed Artists, 2013. He lives and works in New York City.
Sources: ikeude dot com, Wikipedia, daniella on design, Artsy dot net