John Goba (1944-2019) from Sierra Leone grew up within the secret society of Bondo women.
His colorful sculptures are made out of painted wood and covered in porcupine quills, which it is believed have protective and mystical virtues. He is inspired by traditional craftwork, tribal tales and secrets, especially those of the Mende people, of which he is a member.
John Goba took part in numerous exhibitions, including100% Africaat the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, in 2006, Africa/Africaat the Center for Contemporary Art in Meymac, France, in 2012, and inAfrican Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collectionat the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. His works were shown in various festivals and biennials around the world, including the Dakar Biennial in 1992, the Havana Biennial in 2001, andPartages d’exotisme in 2000, the 5thedition of the Lyon Biennial. His work is also a part of several collections.