El Anatsui was born in Ghana in 1944, and has for many years resided in Nsukka, Nigeria, where he has taught at the University of Nigeria Nsukka since 1974. During this long period of time as a professor, he has profoundly influenced younger generations of artists. Primarily a sculptor, El Anatsui has been well-known in the African art community for decades, especially for his wood sculptures.
El Anatsui (born 1944) is a Ghanaian sculptor active for much of his career in Nigeria. He has drawn particular international attention for his iconic "bottle-top installations", distinctive large-scale assemblages of thousands of pieces of aluminium sourced from alcohol recycling stations and sewn together with copper wire, transformed into metallic cloth-like wall sculptures in a way that can "draw connections between consumption, waste, and the environment".